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.

Work Parties

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.

Priest Point Park - Trail Stewardship Work Parties!
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from REI, we are building a new trail to the beach at Priest Point Park. We have cut the trail!  Next....laying gravel and decommissioning a user path that is causing erosion. Meet at the picnic table near restroom #3, south of the playground.

Wednesdays (August 3, 10, 17, 31)  9:30am-12:00pm

Fridays (July 29, August 5, 12, 26)  9:30am-12:00pm

Saturdays (July 30, August 13)  10:00am-1:00pm

 

Yashiro Japanese Garden--Wednesday,  August 24--9:30 am-12:00pm

Enjoy a nice view of the koi pond while weeding this downtown gem!  Our monthly maintenance work party will focus on eradicating invasive plants.  Meet at the entrance to the park at 1010 Plum St. SE.  Parking is available the Lee Creighton Center at 900 Plum St. SE.

*New Trillium Parcel*--Saturday, August 27--10am-1pm

In partnership with the Friends of LBA Woods, the City of Olympia Park Stewardship team would like to invite you to check out (and volunteer at!) the newly acquired Trillium Parcel, adjacent to LBA Park.  We will be concentrating on removing Himalayan blackberry and Scotch broom.  Follow the wood chip trail from the upper parking lot to the Trillium Parcel trail head (signs will be posted) to sign in.  Light refreshments, tools, and gloves will be provided.  RSVPs are encouraged!  Please RSVP to mariaruthbooks@comcast.net by August 24th.  Parking is available at LBA Park, upper lot, 3333 Morse Merryman Rd SE. 

Park Steward Positions

Park Stewards are volunteer or unpaid intern positions that focus on a specific park or area of park. Park Stewards must meet the requirements listed below. To apply, submit an application and waiver to the Park Stewardship Program email or mail it to City of Olympia Parks, Attention: Park Stewardship, PO Box 1967, Olympia WA  98507.

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

To all our dedicated and hardworking volunteers: THANK YOU!!  Our National Trails Day Event was a success! We had over 70 volunteers resurface and brush back over 650 feet of trail!