Parks, Arts & Recreation Volunteering

Make a Difference

Volunteer planting treeVolunteers enable Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation to offer a wonderful array of affordable recreational, educational and cultural programs. Volunteers also contribute thousands of hours of time to maintain and improve our parks.

Areas of volunteer interest include special events, after school programs, camps, athletics, gym supervision, teen program, bulb planting, trail maintenance, arts and clerical work.

Our volunteers come in all ages and many times work directly with the public in providing customer service to the community. Our volunteers do tremendous work and have great fun as well!


Volunteer in Parks

The Volunteer in Parks program offers a variety of ways to help Olympia's parks. You can join an upcoming work party, become a Park Steward, or Adopt-a-Park with your neighborhood/organization. Tools, gloves and some refreshments are provided. All ages are welcome to participate. Please contact the Park Stewardship program at 360.753.8365 or by email for more information.

For all work parties, please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes or boots that can get wet and muddy. Youth under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult and all youth under 18 years must have a signed Waiver and Medical Alert or have a parents' signature on the sign-in roster at the project work site.   

Yauger Park

Sat, October 25, 10am - 1pm; Wed, October 29; 9:30am - 12pm; Sat, November 1; 10am - 1pm
Park Stewardship will complete a series of work parties at Yauger Park to finish mitigation efforts between the new bike pump track and sensitive wetland area.  Join fellow volunteers in planting over 700 salal, oregon grape, snowberry, rose, and sword fern!  Follow directional signs to meet at the pump track project site near the skate court.  Yauger Park offers two parking lots located at 3100 Capital Mall Dr SW and 530 Alta St SW.  

Friendly Grove Park

Sat, November 5, 10am - 1pm
Join the Park Stewardship team at Friendly Grove Park and help get the park ready for winter. Volunteer a few hours on this Saturday morning to help weed the tree circles and trim back trees within the parkl! Meet at 2316 Friendly Grove Rd SE.

West Bay Park

Sat, November 8, 10am - 1pm;  Sat, November 15; 10am - 1pm
Venture out to West Bay Park for this series of Park Stewardship Events.  Join fellow volunteers as we work to remove weeds and add mulch to the beds and tree circles in the park.  West Bay Park is located at 700 West Bay Park.  Limited parking is available.

Margaret McKenny Park

Weds, November 12, 9:30am - 12pm
Come on out to this scenic park for a morning of stewardship!  The focus of this event will be to restore the walking path within the park.  Meet at 3111 21st Ave SE. Limited on street parking is available.

LBA Park

Sat, November 22, 10am - 1pm
The Park Stewardship team makes a visit to this popular park to work on the Jogging/walking trail. Volunteer a few hours on this Saturday morning to help spread wood chips on the trail! Meet at 333 Morse-Merryman RD SE. 

Percival Landing

Wed, November 26, 9:30am - 12pm; Sat, November 29, 10am - 1pm; 
Join the Park Stewardship team on these Thanksgiving themed work parties at Percival Landing. Unite with fellow volunteers as we work to remove weeds and add mulch to the beds and tree circles in the park. Percival Landing is located at 405 Columbia St. NW.  Meet in the Pavilion.

 

Park Stewards are volunteer or unpaid intern positions that require at least 4 volunteer hours per month and a 6 month minimum commitment. All Park Stewards must be 18 or older and succesfully complete a background check and criminal history questionnaire.

Locations
Evergreen Park, Garfield Nature Trail, Grass Lakes Refuge, Margaret McKenny Park, McGrath Woods Park, Mission Creek Nature Park, Olympia Woodland Trail, Priest Point Park, Trillium Park, Watershed Park, and Yauger Park.

Specific Duties

  • Identify and pull invasive plants
  • Replant, and care for native plants until they are established
  • Report overnight camping to Park Ranger
  • Clean graffiti off surfaces
  • Pick up litter
  • Report damaged structures, such as bridges or board walks to Supervisor
  • Help in finding donated native plants for replanting projects
  • Complete annual report on activities, and track hours

Locations
Burri Park, Evergreen Park, Garfield Nature Trail, Grass Lakes Refuge, Margaret McKenny Park, McGrath Woods Park, Mission Creek Nature Park, Olympia Woodland Trail, Priest Point Park, Trillium Park, Watershed Park, and Yauger Park.

Specific Duties

  • Maintain trails to OPARD standards
  • Pull invasive plants from trail
  • Clear debris from trail
  • Re-grade eroding trails
  • Add surfacing when needed, such as crushed rock
  • Cut back vegetation from encroaching on trail (within 4 ft standard)
  • Clean graffiti off signs
  • Pick up litter along trail
  • Report damaged structures, such as bridges or board walks to Supervisor
  • Help in finding donated materials for the trails
  • Complete annual report on activities, and track hours

Locations
Evergreen Park, Margaret McKenny Park, McGrath Woods Park, Priest Point Park Rose Garden, Lion’s Park, Bigelow Park, Harry Fain’s Legion Park, Burri Park, Woodruff Park, Yashiro Japanese Garden, Madison Scenic Park, and Friendly Grove.

Specific Duties

  • Pull weeds
  • Edge flower beds
  • Apply new mulch or bark
  • Clean graffiti off surfaces
  • Pick up litter
  • Report any damages to Supervisor
  • Occasional plantings
  • Repaint benches, picnic tables & wood signs
  • Complete annual report on activities, and track hours

Special Requirements for all Park Steward Positions

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Ability to commit to a 6 month minimum period of service 
  • Must successfully complete a background check and criminal history questionnaire
  • For safety reasons, must wear leather or sturdy work boots


Recreation Program & Event Volunteers

To volunteer to assist with Parks, Arts & Recreation programs such as camps, events and athletics:

  1. Complete the Volunteer Application Form
  2. Return it to The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, WA 98501.

Once received, we will contact you to discuss a volunteer placement. If one cannot be arranged at that time, we will keep your application for one year and notify you as opportunities arise.

The application form includes a background check and criminal history questionnaire. We appreciate your attention to filling out these two very important forms. Our volunteer screening process is a crucial step in assuring your safety as well as the safety of our customers.

We look forward to discussing volunteer opportunities with you. Please feel free to contact us at 360.753.8380 if you have any questions regarding the volunteer application process.


Recognition

THANK YOU! Amanda Shively, Suzette Rangel, Mcewen Scofield, Rob Healy, Chris McKenna, Tessa Bondi, Micah Frankus, Cliff Carpenter, Hilary A., McKenna Taylor, Per Swenson, Roberta Woods, Dylan Levallee, Erin Hughes, Tamora Urich-Rihts, Meg Guthrie and Steffi Scholer for your help at Yauger Park!