Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Jan. 23, 2015 - 12:37 pm
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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.

Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards Nominations

Fletcher Volunteer Award

Since 1996, the City of 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, businesses, 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.

Outstanding Volunteer Nominations must meet the following criteria:

  • A nominee may be nominated in only one category by the same person.
  • Only one nomination per form.
  • All nominations and supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2015. Supporting materials may include letters, press clippings, videotapes, or any other material that may be helpful in the selection process. These materials will not be returned.
  • Nominees for a given award category may not have received previously a Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Award.
  • Nominee must be an active Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer during the past year.
Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer

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
Recreation Dance
Sat. 2/75:30pm-10pmMillbrook
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Hearts and Arrow
Thurs. 2/12 6pm-9pmPeach RoadRegister Now
Daddy Daughter
Fri. 2/134:30pm-9pmLaurel HillsRegister Now
Cupid's CarnivalFri. 2/135:30-pmHalifaxRegister Now
Invasive Removal
Sat. 2/289:30am-12pmDurant Nature
Register Now
ISCA Swim MeetSat. 2/282:15pm-5:30pmOptimist PoolRegister Now
Raleigh Tamale
Sat. 3/1410:30am-4:30pmPullen ParkRegister Now
ISCA Swim MeetFri. 3/205:15pm-8:30pmPullen Aquatic
Register Now
Special Olympics
Spring Games
Sat. 3/21
Wed. 4/22
Wed. 5/6
Thurs. 5/7
Pullen Park
Cary Academy
Cary Academy
Register Now
Peach Road's 10
Year Anniversary
Sat. 3/2111am-4:30pmPeach RoadRegister Now
Breakfast with
the Bunny
Sat. 3/288:30am-12pmLaurel HillsRegister Now
Egg HuntSat. 3/289am-12pmAnderson
Point Park
Register Now
Egg HuntSat. 3/2810am-1pmBiltmore HillsRegister Now
Wake County
Senior Games
Wed. 4/1 thru
Wed. 4/29
Various TimesVarious
Register Now
ISCA Swim MeetSat. 4/25 2:15pm-5:30pmMillbrook PoolRegister Now

Coaching and Ongoing Opportunities

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

Youth Boys Lacrosse CoachBuffaloe Road Athletic ParkRegister Now
Youth Girls Lacrosse CoachHalifax ParkRegister Now
Youth Fast Pitch Softball CoachBuffaloe Road Athletic ParkRegister Now
Youth Slow Pitch Softball CoachOptimist ParkRegister Now
Youth Machine Pitch Softball CoachLions ParkRegister Now
District 1 Youth Baseball CoachBrier Creek Park
Honeycutt Park
Millbrook Exchange Park
Baileywick Park
Register Now
District 2 Youth Baseball CoachMarsh Creek Park
Worthdale Park
Buffaloe Road Athletic Park
Register Now
District 3 Youth Baseball CoachJaycee Park
Method Park
Laurel Hills Park
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District 4 Youth Baseball CoachChavis Park
Sanderford Road Park
Biltmore Hills Park
Carolina Pines Park
Register Now
Cemetery Watch ProgramCity Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery
O'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery
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Greenway Trail

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources 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.

Learn more about Adopt-A-Trail

Adopt A Park

Fallon Park Volunteers

The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Adopt-A-Park Program is always looking for new volunteers and groups to enhance city parks.

The citizen volunteer or group agrees to maintain 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.

Adopt-A-Park List of Available and Adopted Parks

Group Volunteers

Volunteer Organizations

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.

Greenway Volunteer Program

Greenway Volunteer

The Greenway Volunteer Program is designed to engage current Greenway users to help be the eyes and ears for the Raleigh Police and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Departments.

Greenway volunteers generally patrol Greenways a minimum of eight hours a month and do not need to act as a volunteer every time they use a Greenway. Greenway volunteers have basic knowledge of the Greenway system, including its rules and regulations,and they are also able to recognize unsafe conditions on the Greenway.

For more information, contact Bruce Embry, Raleigh Police Department Volunteer Coordinator at 919-996-1118 or e-mail

Greenway Volunteer Program Brochure

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