Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Volunteer Program

Last updated Apr. 26, 2017 - 2:10 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

Get Started Now

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

Third Annual It's My Park and Trail Day

It's My Park and Trail Day

Join us on Saturday, April 29, to celebrate National Volunteer Week by participating in our third annual It’s My Park and Trail Day. We will be hosting park clean up projects at participating parks across Raleigh.

Volunteers are invited to clean up any City of Raleigh Park or greenway trail. If interested in cleaning up a site not listed at the link below, please contact Ashley Deans to coordinate a non-supervised park or trail clean-up.

Volunteers will need to register and fill out a release form before participating.

For More Information and to Register

Upcoming Events

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

Senior Games TennisApril 2811:15am-5:30pmRaleigh Racquet ClubRegister Now
Senior Games
April 26 8:30am-2:30pmThomas Brooks Park-Cary NCRegister Now
Senior Games 3-3
April 28 3pm-8pmApex Community
Center - Apex NC
Register Now
Senior Games
April 29 9:30am-5pmTBDRegister Now
Raleigh Rockets
Track Meet
April 299:15a.m - 2 p.m.Buffaloe Road
Athletic Park
Register Now
Annual PlantingMay 29 a.m. - 12 p.m.Nash Square Register Now
Special Olympics Day 4May 48 a.m. - 1 p.m.Cary AcademyRegister Now
Annual PlantingMay 59 a.m. - 12 p.m.Chavis Park Register Now
LetterlandMay 69:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Pullen Park
Register Now
Invasive Plant
May 69 a.m. - 12 p.m.Dorothea Dix ParkRegister Now
Mud DayJune 3 9:30am-2:30pm Walnut Creek
Wetland Center
Register Now

Park Ongoing Opportunities

A completed volunteer application and background check is required for all park 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
Garden VolunteerAnderson PointRegister Now
Docent Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Garden Volunteer ProgramMordecai Historic ParkRegister Now
Fletcher Park VolunteerFred Fletcher ParkRegister 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.

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.

Youth Athletic Coaches

You're invited to make a positive impact in a child's life! Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources utilizes individuals to serve as volunteer head coaches and assistant coaches for all youth athletic leagues. To volunteer, you must complete a coaching application and background form. Check out our upcoming leagues and register today to coach. For more information, visit the Athletics Program Webpage.

Coaching OpportunityLocation
Youth Baseball Coach Bronco
League District 1 - 4
Baileywick Road Park
Buffaloe Road Park
Jaycee Community Center
Carolina Pines Park
Register Now
Youth Baseball Coach Mustang
League District 1-4
Optimist Park
Buffaloe Road Park
Laurel Hills Park
Biltmore Hills Park
Register Now
Youth Baseball Coach Pinto
League District 1-4
Millbrook Exchange Park
Worthdale Park
Method Road Park
Sanderford Road Park
Register Now
Youth T-Ball League CoachBrier Creek Park
Marsh Creek Park
Jaycee Park
Chavis Park
Register Now
Youth Baseball Colt League
Optimist ParkRegister Now
Youth Baseball Pony League
Laurel Hills Park
Buffaloe Road
Register Now

Invasive Species Program

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


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

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