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

Wednesday, August 5, 9:30am-12pm 
Join Park Stewardship on the westside of Olympia to spruce up the entrance to the community garden at Yauger Park!  Collaborate with staff, gardeners, and fellow volunteers to make an impact!  Meet near the covered bike shelter off the parking lot of Yauger Park located at 530 Alta St SW.

Harry Fains Legion Park

Wednesday, August 12, 9:30am-12pm
Volunteers return to this shady neighborhood spot to finish clean-up of the playground and forested areas.  Work will focus on removing invasive plants, painting wood structures, and beautifying the playground in Harry Fains Legion Park.  Join the team at 1115 20th Ave SE. 

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic - Priest Point Park

Saturday, August 15, 11am - 2pm
As a small way to show our appreciation for your hard work throughout the year, Olympia Park Stewardship will host a picnic in your honor!  If you are a volunteer, partner, or donor of the Park Stewardship program in the past year, please join us to celebrate!  Food and fun will be provided.  Bring your family and make it a day at the park! RSVP by phone (360.753.8365) or email by August 10th. Meet in Shelter #2 at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Dr NE.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Evergreen Park

Wednesday, August 19, 9:30am-12pm
Park Stewardship returns to Evergreen Park to follow-up on invasive removal and weeded tree circles that were tackled earlier in the spring.  Grab your boots and jeans to join the fun!  Meet on the large grassy lawn off 1445 Evergreen Park Dr SW.

Yashiro Japanese Garden

Wednesday, August 26, 9:30am-12pm
Major improvements were made at the July work party in Yashiro Japanese Garden!  To keep up the momentum, join fellow volunteers and stewards for the August event!  Meet at 1010 Plum St SE for more weeding and landscaping. 

Woodruff Park 

Saturday, August 29, 10am-1pm
This popular park only needs a few minor touch-ups.  Volunteers will weed tree circles and flowerbeds as follow-up to the spring work party.  Meet on the large grassy area located at 1500 Harrison Ave NW.  Street parking is available.   

 

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.

 

Watershed Park - Grand Finale

Friday, July 31, 9:30am - 12pm

Trail improvements are almost complete at Watershed Park!  Join fellow community members as we add the final touches.  Please meet at Harry Fain's Legion Park (1115 20th Ave SE) to enter Watershed Park through a side pedestrian entrance.  

 

Priest Point Park - Woodsy Wonder Trail Resurfacing Series

Sunday, August 2, 10am - 1pm

Friday, August 7, 9:30am - 12pm

Sunday, August 9, 10am - 1pm

Friday, August 14, 9:30am - 12pm 

Join the Trail Stewardship Program as trail improvements continue on the Woodsy Wonder Trail at Priest Point Park!  Volunteers will divert water from pooling on the trail, clear debris from impeding water drainage, and add gravel to trouble areas.  Participants will gather outside the Park Maintenance Center in Priest Point Park at 2600 East Bay Dr NE. 

Priest Point Park - Ellis Cove Trail Resurfacing Series

Sunday, August 16, 10am - 1pm

Friday, August 21, 9:30am - 12pm

Trail improvements continue at Priest Point Park along the popular Ellis Cove Trail.  Lend a hand at water diversion, hauling gravel, raking, or brushing vegetation!  Work along the Ellis Cove Trail will begin through the secondary entrance to Priest Point Park off 555 Flora Vista Rd NE.  Meet in the parking lot to be guided to the project location. 

 

 

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 successfully 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! Yu Che Lin, Tram Nguyen, Bev Torguson, Maurea Dagher, Peter Barrette, Gabby Montana, Madeline Montana, Jim Nieland, Roberta Woods, Jeremy Bunting, Paul Schaufler, Mackenzie Theophilus, Alana McKissick, Reyna Masterson, Trent Sielert, Owen Watkins, Autumn Vandehey, Phillip FR, Zachary Cordero, Lisa Chong, George Tanasse, Oliver Watkins, Henry Gould, Brooke Parsons, Madison Swanson, Emily Jaudon, and Frances Tanasse for your help at Yashiro Japanese Garden!