Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Jan. 10, 2017 - 1:39 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.

2017 Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Awards Nominations

2016 Award of Excellence Fletcher Volunteer

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. This annual volunteer recognition honors those outstanding volunteers who have contributed time, talent, and resources and have enriched the lives of the citizens in Raleigh.

Fred Fletcher Volunteer Awards are awarded to volunteers in 13 categories. Award recipients will be chosen based on their intensity of service, active volunteer involvement, and commitment to Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources. The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2017.

In order to submit a nomination, nominees must meet the following criteria:

  • Nominee may be nominated in only one category by the same person
  • Only one nomination per form
  • Nominee for a given award may not have previously received a Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Award
  • Nominee must be an active Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources volunteer during the past year
  • All nominations and supporting materials must be postmarked or submitted via email by 5 pm on Friday, February 10, 2017
To nominate an outstanding volunteer, complete the Fred Fletcher Outstanding Volunteer Nomination form and submit to Ashley Deans.

Upcoming Events

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

Daddy Daughter Dance Feb 105:30-9:30 p.m.Laurel Hills ParkRegister Now
Specialize Recreation
Valentine's Day Dance
Feb 115:30-9:30 p.m.Millbrook ExchangeRegister Now
Invasive Species Removal Feb 25
April 8
1-4:00 p.m.
9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Durant Nature Preserve Register Now
Weeding and Flower Bed
March 189 a.m.-12 p.m.Horseshoe Farm Nature PreserveRegister Now

Coaching and Ongoing Opportunities

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

Sassafras All Children's Playground
Park Ambassador
Laurel Hills ParkRegister Now
Cemetery Volunteer ProgramO'Rorke-Catholic Cemetery
City Cemetery
Mt. Hope Cemetery
Register Now
Little League Girls Basketball
Chavis ParkRegister Now
Mitey Mite Girls Basketball CoachMillbrook Exchange ParkRegister Now
Junior Girls Basketball CoachLake Lynn ParkRegister Now
Senior Boys Basketball Coach
District 1 and 2
Brier Creek Park Register Now
Senior Boys Basketball Coach
District 3 and 4
Laurel Hills Park Register Now
Garden VolunteerAnderson PointRegister Now
Docent Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Garden Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Fletcher Park VolunteerFred Fletcher ParkRegister Now

Eagle Scout Projects

Eagle Scout with completed informational kiosk project

In partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers projects for Boy Scouts interested in achieving Eagle Scout rank. Projects are identified by staff in order to provide an opportunity that will make the biggest impact in our parks or greenway trails.

You must meet the following requirements to complete a project with our department.

  • Boy Scout must be a Life Scout and actively involved in his Troop.
  • Be a Life Scout and actively involved in your Troop
  • Be able to serve as the lead role and effectively communicate with Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources staff
  • Have a minimum of 6 months before your 18th birthday
  • Secure all funding to cover costs for all project materials and supplies

To get started, view the Eagle Scout Policies and Procedures Handbook for additional details on project requirements, process, and forms. For more information, contact Ashley Deans.


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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