Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Feb. 02, 2016 - 2:46 pm
Volunteer Collage

Join Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department's Volunteer Program. You are invited to make a difference in your community by volunteering for a park project, athletic team, special event or Adopt-A-Park program. There are many opportunities for individuals, groups, students and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities. Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visit our online Volunteer Registration which makes it easy to find the right opportunity for you! To register as a volunteer:

1. Create a Volunteer Profile
2. Select Areas of Interest
3. Register for Upcoming Events or Ongoing Projects
4. Receive confirmation email

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At this time, there are no volunteer opportunities for court appointed community service hours.

2016 Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards Nominations

John Chavis Memorial Park Public Leadership Group award winners

Since 1996, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board have awarded Fred Fletcher Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism in the City of Raleigh Parks System to citizens, business, community organizations, and non-profit organizations. The Fred Fletcher Volunteer Awards Program honors Mr. Fletcher's 54 years of dedicated service to the department as an Advisory Board member and chairman by honoring volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the programs, services, and facilities offered by the Department.

Nominations can be made for individuals and/or groups who have been an active Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources volunteer during the past year. Nominees will be evaluated based on the intensity of service, active involvement within the past 5 years, and commitment to the Department. To nominate a volunteer, complete a nomination form and submit a nominee description.

All nomination forms, candidate descriptions, and supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted to Ashley Deans by 5pm on Friday, February 12.

Upcoming Events

Pre-registration is required of ALL volunteers to ensure enough tools and supplies are available for park projects and special events.

EventDateTime Location
Daughter Dance
Fri. 2/125pm-8:30pmLaurel HillsRegister Now
Invasive Plant
Sat. 2/20
Sat. 3/12
9am-12pmDurant Nature
Register Now
Egg HuntSat. 3/198am-1pmSpring ForestRegister Now
Egg HuntSat. 3/199am-12pmAnderson PointRegister Now
Great Egg
Sat. 3/199am-12pmBrier CreekRegister Now
Raleigh Tamale
Sat. 3/1911am-4:30pmChavis ParkRegister Now
LetterlandSat. 5/149:30am-1pm
Pullen ParkRegister Now

Coaching and Ongoing Opportunities

A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all coaching and ongoing opportunities.

Youth Bronco Baseball CoachBaileywick Road Park
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
Laurel Hills Park
Carolina Pines Park
Register Now
Youth Mustang Baseball CoachOptimist Park
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
Jaycee Park
Biltmore Hills Park
Register Now
Youth Pinto Baseball CoachMillbrook Exchange Park
Worthdale Park
Method Park
Sanderford Road Park
Register Now
Youth T-Ball Baseball CoachBrier Creek Park
Marsh Creek Park
Jaycee Park
Roberts Park
Register Now
Wrench and RideVarious Greenway TrailsRegister Now
Specialized Recreation Sports
and Wellness Program
Various locationsRegister Now
Community Afterschool ProgramMethod Community ParkRegister Now
Interpretive Garden VolunteerDurant Nature PreserveRegister Now
Docent Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Garden Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Fletcher Park VolunteerFred Fletcher ParkRegister Now


Playground Volunteers

The Adopt-A-Playground program allows citizen volunteers and groups to help keep our playgrounds safe and clean. Volunteer responsibilities include: visually inspecting and wiping down equipment, picking up litter, and raking sand/woodchips. Volunteers are asked to complete an Adopt-A-Playground agreement and participate in volunteer activities once a month for a year.

To join the Adopt-A-Playground program, contact Ashley Deans.

List of Playgrounds


Greenway Trail

The Adopt-A-Trail program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses and groups to participate in trail cleanup and support the Capital Area Greenway System. The citizen volunteer agrees to maintain the greenway trail quarterly for at least one year. The citizen volunteer must sign an Adopt-A-Trail Agreement and submit quarterly reports to Parks staff.

Volunteers can adopt any available trail segment by viewing our interactive map. Trail segment adoptions are limited to one per citizen volunteer or volunteer group and are on a first come, first serve basis.

Find your trail now

Adopt A Park

Adopt-A-Park online map

The Adopt-A-Park program provides a volunteer opportunity for interested individuals, businesses, and groups to participate in park maintenance projects and support the Raleigh Parks System.

The citizen volunteer or group agrees to participate in a volunteer project at the designated park or open space quarterly for at least one year. The volunteer or group of volunteers is asked to sign an Adopt-A-Park agreement. This agreement is renewed on a yearly basis.

Volunteers can adopt any available park by viewing our interactive map.

Find your park now

Group Volunteers

Group Volunteers at Lake Johnson Park

Businesses, schools, churches and organizations have the opportunity to contribute time, talent and resources to City Parks. To set up a volunteer event unique for your group, complete the group volunteer project interest form and return to Ashley Deans.

Invasive Species

Volunteers at an invasive species event

The Invasive Species Program provides an opportunity for individuals and groups to assist with the management of invasive species in our City parks and greenway trails. Through the use of volunteers and staff, volunteer projects will be scheduled to help maintain the invasive species issue. Volunteers will assist with the manual removal of invasives and tracking of invasive species in our parks and greenways.

Learn more about Invasive Species

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