​​​​Anchorage Parks & Recreation

Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to the City of Anchorage Parks and Recreation Volunteer page! Thank you for your interest in contributing time and talents to our community parks and programs. Parks and Recreation volunteers fill a variety of valuable roles, and we welcome your participation. 

Whether teaching a class at a neighborhood recreation center or picking up trash at a popular park, there is a job for every age and ability. 

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Upcoming Volunteer Events​​

Whiile the COVID-19 pandemic has understandably reduced the number of larger-group events, individuals, families, and those in a consistent "social bubble" may still be able to participate in Anchorage parks and Recreation volunteer opportunities. Contact Erin Kirkland, Community Engagement Coordinator, for more infomation and guidelines. 907-440-7191, erin.kirkland@anchorageak.gov. .​

Programs​

​Volunteers are welcome in all Parks and Recreation programs! Click the icons below to learn more about each program and ways to contribute. ​



Recreation programs -   Do you have a talent you'd like to share with the Anchorage community?  Consider teaching at a recreation center; assist swim instructors with kids' lessons; or guide budding artists or young athletes. Please note that some volunteer opportunities, particularly those involving children, may require a background check.



 

How to Report a Problem In a Park or On a Trail

Use the guide below to report any issues you see in municipal park land:

Homeless Camp Reporting

Trail light outages: Contact Facility Maintenance at 343-8465

Report graffiti: Graffiti Busters at 343-4663 or facilitymaintenanceworkrequests@ci.anchorage.ak.us

Parks and Recreation Maintenance: 343-4554, parksrecmaintenance@muni.org

Suspicious behavior/non-emergency: 311

Emergency: 911

Eagle Scout Projects

Anchorage Parks & Recreation is happy to support the efforts of Eagle Scout candidates through park and open space project development and implementation. 

Under the guidance of park staff, scouts are encouraged to carefully outline their prospective peoject idea, based upon in-person observations of need. Past projects have included park maintenance projects like sanding and painting bollards; installing "Mutt Mitt" stations; repairing or constructing benches; or working with park planners to develop interpretive signs. Creative and community-centered ideas are all welcome, and scouts should work with their parents/guardians and scouting mentors to develop a proposal for park staff as an important step in the public process. 

Additionally, the Anchorage Park Foundation offers a challenge grant program for applicable projects. While planning, scouts should consider contacting the organization to see if funding is available. info@anchorageparkfoundation.org 907-274-1003. 

Please contact Erin Kirkland, Community Engagement Coordinator, for additional information and a general description of the Eagle Scout project process. 907-440-7191; erin.kirkland@anchorageak.gov.

Boys Scouts of America provides a fillable pdf that scouts can use to organize and plan their project. You can download that pdf here.

Resources

Volunteer Agreement Form

Volunteer Hours Tracking Form

Trail Watch Hours Tracking Form

Adopt-A-Garden Leader Agreement

Adopt-A-Park Leader Agreement

Adopt-A-Trail Leader Agreement

Volunteer Improvement Proposal


How Can We Help You?

Did you know?

 The Rasmuson Foundation will match your volunteer hours for Clean & Green events and Graffiti events with matching dollars to the Anchorage Park Foundation. This money is used to buy tools and supplies to promote healthy parks for healthy people. 

Find a Park Near You

View a variety of interactive maps, including live ski grooming updates, park facilities, and more.



 

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