Adopt-a-Park

Ongoing Applications

  • Volunteer TypeGreat Outdoors

Parks volunteer positions are filled each spring. An application will be available in Spring 2020 — please check back then.


Volunteers, as an individual, family, or group, will “adopt” a park, or segment of a park. Volunteers will assist park staff and visitors by providing basic park maintenance in their adopted area, focusing on litter removal. 

Three volunteers remove trash from a park.

Position Description

Department
Community Resources
Division
Parks
Committee
Adopt-a-Park

If you are passionate about natural resources and making a difference, consider investing your time with City of Lakewood Parks.

Our mission: We are committed to providing high quality park, recreation, family and cultural service and facilities that inspire enjoyment, learning and wellness in the lives of those who live, work and play in Lakewood.

We value INTEGRITY, COMMUNICATION AND CONNECTION, LEADERSHIP, ADAPTABILITY, and DIVERSITY. Under these guiding principles we have created an open and diverse organization that thrives on new ideas and people passionate about creating a better outdoor recreation and natural world for the next generation. So what are you waiting for? 

Purpose

Volunteers, as an individual, family, or group, will “adopt” a park, or segment of a park. Volunteers will assist park staff and visitors by providing basic park maintenance in their adopted area, focusing on litter removal.  

Responsibilities

  • Perform litter removal from park areas, with a focus on parking areas, shorelines, trails and roadsides.
  • Perform other park tasks as needed and available including weed removal, tree watering, painting and planting.
  • Participate in any larger volunteer projects scheduled in the adopted park (National Trails Day, Earth Day, National Public Lands Day, etc.).
  • Entering all volunteer hours in the City’s Volgistics system. 

Park Areas Available for Adoption

  • Main Reservoir
  • Smith Reservoir
  • East Reservoir
  • Hutchinson Park/Ravines Open Space
  • Bear Creek Greenbelt East
  • Bear Creek Greenbelt West
  • Bear Creek Reservoir
  • William Frederick Hayden Park 

Schedule

Volunteers will be required to complete a minimum of one shift of service per month, March- October. A shift must be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration. Extra volunteer shifts year-round are highly encouraged. 

Qualifications

The volunteer must have basic abilities and fitness to perform the listed responsibilities in a safe manner.  

Age Requirement

There is no minimum age for this committee. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult while performing volunteer service.  

Training

An approximately 1 hour basic park orientation will be required, along with a site visit/work training with park staff. Additional training and direction will be provided as needed by the park rangers and maintenance staff. 

Work Environment

Outdoor – This program is active all year. The changing Colorado weather is a strong factor.  

Recognition

A small sign, plaque, or similar concept will be posted in the assigned park to recognize Adopt-a-Park volunteers. 

Benefits

As a volunteer for City of Lakewood Parks there is a potential for many benefits including, but not limited to:

  • A Bear Creek Lake Park Annual Pass
  • Education and trainings
  • Obtaining skills for future employment
  • Networking