Anchorage Parks and Recreation


​​​​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. 


Upcoming Volunteer Events​​

 Anchorage P​arks and Recreation's volunteer projects and events will be taking place in 2021 with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Contact Steve Rafuse for more information and guidelines. 907-343-4354 stephen.rafuse@anchorageak.gov. ​

​ALL volunteers will be required to complete a Municipality of Anchorage volunteer form. Youth under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature on the form to volunteer. 


Coming up:

Chanshtnu Muldoon Park Community Garden Volunteer Event

Join Anchorage Parks and Recreation in building the next community garden in Anchorage!  P&R in partnership with the Anchorage Park Foundation and a dedicated group of neighbors will be building 42 new community garden beds at Chanshtnu Muldoon Park.  Community members are invited to be part of this fun event, and check out the newest addition to Anchorage's parks.

Parking lot located at the intersection of Boston St and Debarr Rd. ​

  • Thursday, Sept. 16 (5 - 8 p.m.​)

Tuesday Night Races​

For many Anchorage families, the Bonny Sosa Tuesday Night Race Series is a fall tradition, as these fun runs are like no other in Anchorage. Come rain, snow, sleet, hail or wind, these races are rarely cancelled. Drawing competitive runners and casual trail joggers alike, the wildly popular TNR Series is always an adventure. ​Volunteer can help carry this tradition through the fall of 2021. For more information or to volunteer contact Cathy Janigo at cathy.janigo@anchorageak.gov.​

  • September 21 (5 - 8 p.m.) - East High School
  • September 28 (5 - 8 p.m.) - Kincaid Park
  • October 5 (5 - 8 p.m.) - Russian Jack Springs Park (North Unit)
  • October 12 (5 - 8 p.m.) ​- Bartlett High School
  • October 19 (5 - 8 p.m.) - Service High School
  • October 26 (5 - 8 p.m.) - Kincaid Costume Run


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


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. 

Boys Scouts of America provides a fillable pdf that scouts can use to organize and plan their project. You can download that pdf hereSAMPLE Eagle Project Proposal 2021.pdf

Volunteer Resources​


Volunteer Agreement Form: 2021 Volunteer Agreement Form.pdf

Volunteer Hours Tracking Form: Volunteer Hours Form.pdf


Adopt-A-Garden Leader Agreement: LeaderAgreement_AdoptAGarden.pdf

Adopt-A-Park Leader Agreement: LeaderAgreement_AdoptAPark2021.pdf

Adopt-A-Trail Leader Agreement: Adopt A Trail Leader Agreement updated 2021.pdf

Volunteer Improvement Proposal: Park Improvement Proposal Updated 2021.pdf

Contact Info

Anchorage Parks and Recreation
632 W 6th Ave
Phone: 907-​343-4355

Mailing Address:
PO Box 196650
​Anchorage, AK 99519


​Steve Rafuse
Parks Superintendent

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.