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  • Park Volunteers
  • Natural Area Stewards
  • Neighborhood Park Watch

What is a park volunteer?

Park volunteers are people like you, citizens of all ages, who volunteer their time, services and support to enhance our parks. Volunteers consists of motivated people in the community who understand the value and benefits of a park and share a common goal to work with Metro Parks in making that park clean, green, and safe.

How to join an existing volunteer group
Check out the list of volunteer groups below, then contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com.

How to start a new park volunteer group
Can’t find a group at your favorite park? Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com and learn how you might work in partnership with Metro Parks to start one.

What is a natural area steward?

Natural Area Stewards are dedicated volunteers who are highly involved in planning and coordinating habitat restoration in their local park’s natural areas. They receive special training and resources, which means no prior experience necessary, only a desire to help restore our natural areas!

Metro Parks Staff will work with each steward to create their restoration plan for their site of choice and is provided with the resources in which to organize volunteer events and carry out their restoration goals.

How to join an existing natural area stewards group
Check out the list of volunteer groups below, then contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com.

How to start a new natural area stewards group
Can’t find a group at your favorite park? Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com and learn how you might work in partnership with Metro Parks to start one.

What is a neighborhood park watch?

Metro Parks Tacoma partners with the Safe Streets Campaign, a program that brings neighbors together to take back their neighborhoods, streets, and parks.

By forming a neighborhood park watch, we help you plant the seed of grassroots, community leadership. That leadership helps hold communities together, and links them with can-do people in agencies and organizations to make neighborhoods and parks safe.

As your neighborhood park’s eyes and ears, you can help promote safe, enjoyable neighborhoods and parks, by enhancing park security through reporting suspicious, or unusual activities and conditions to law enforcement.

Keeping your parks clean and safe is our priority – but we need your help.

Metro Parks, in partnership with Safe Streets, Tacoma Public Schools, and the Tacoma Police Department, is asking you to CHIP-in! as a Neighborhood Park Patrol member.

How to join an existing neighborhood park watch group 
Check out the list of volunteer groups below, then contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com.

How to start a new neighborhood park watch group
Can’t find a group at your favorite park? Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com and learn how you might work in partnership with Metro Parks to start one. We’ll give you the tools you need to be successful including training through the Safe Streets Patrol Academy, deflector vests, flashlights, magnetic car signs, and on-site signage.

Browse below to find a group, or contact us to start a new group. We welcome volunteers at every park!

Park Volunteer Groups

Alderwood Park

Habitat Steward Group

Help existing park stewards with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, and other special projects.

Interested in joining a work party? Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com

 

 

Baltimore Park

Volunteer Park Group

North Tacoma Soccer Club
Coordinator: Mike Rivers

Nortac helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, field maintenance, and other special projects

Citizen Park Watch Group

Blueberry Neighborhood Park Watch
Coordinator: none at this time

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Browns Point Playfield

Volunteer Park Group

Sound View Little League
Coordinator: Jeff Neil

Sound View Little League helps existing park service with: in-field/outfield prep, lining and dragging, filling divots, maintenance and improvements, litter pickup and removal, and weeding.

Charlotte's Blueberry Park

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of Blueberry Park
Coordinator: Kevin Going  

Friends of Charlotte’s Blueberry Park help existing park service with: some pruning and thinning bushes and organized monthly clean up events.

Blueberry picking season is mid-July & August.

Join us: 4th Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Sign up or log Habitat Steward hours Find this group on Facebook

Learn more about this park

China Lake

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of China Lake
Coordinators: Gail Sklar 
gjsklar@gmail.com

Friends of China Lake help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant weeding and watering, organized work parties and more.

Join us: 1st Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Sign up or log Habitat Steward hours Find this group on Facebook

Cloverdale Park

Citizen Park Watch Group

Park Watch Coordinator: Richard Madison

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Dash Point Park

Citizen Park Watch Group

Dash-Point Neighborhood Park Watch
Coordinator: Linda Meeks

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

DeLong Park

We’re seeking a new Habitat Steward!

Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com

Citizen Park Watch Group

TBD
Coordinator:

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Fern Hill Park

Citizen Park Watch Group

Fern Hill Alliance
Coordinator: Linda Unruh

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Franklin Park

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of Franklin Park
Coordinators: Nori Kimura, Jose Garcia & Julie L.

Friends of Franklin Park help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant weeding and watering, organized work parties and more.

Join us: 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Sign up or log Habitat Steward hours Find this group on Facebook

Garfield Gulch

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of Garfield Gulch
Coordinator: Rob Girvin rgirvin@harbornet.com

Friends of Garfield Gulch help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more.

Future work parties to be announced

 

Garfield Park

Volunteer Park Group

Annie Wright School 
Coordinator: Mark Blanchard

Annie Wright School helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, lawn mowing and trimming, hard court blowing and maintenance, in-field preparation and maintenance, and other special projects.

Jefferson Park

Citizen Park Watch Group

Jefferson Park Block Watch
Coordinator: Sue Oliver

Sign up or log hours

Julia's Gulch

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of Julia’s Gulch
Coordinators: Heather & Don Halibisky halabcoles@nventure.com

Friends of Julia’s Gulch help existing park service with: invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more.

Future work parties to be announced

 

Lincoln Heights Park

Volunteer Park Group

US Post Office
Coordinator: James Divens

The US Post Office helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, play equipment fall zone maintenance, path surfacing, and other special projects.

McKinley Park

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of McKinley Park
Coordinators: Larry & Lynnette Scheidt and Tara Scheidt

Friends of McKinley help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant planting, organized work parties and more.

Join us: 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Sign up or log Habitat Steward hours Find this group on Facebook

Citizen Patrol Group

Friends of McKinley Park
Coordinators: Larry & Lynette Scheidt

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Neighbors Park

Citizen Park Watch Group

8th and I Neighbors
Coordinator: Pat Van Haren

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Northeast Tacoma Playground

Volunteer Park Group

Sound View Little League 
Coordinator: Jeff Neil

SVLL helps existing park service with: in-field/outfield prep – lining, dragging, in-filling of divots, maintenance and improvements, litter removal and pickup, shrub and landscape bed maintenance, and other special projects.

North Slope Historic Park

Volunteer Park Group

North Slope Historic District
Coordinator: Jean Hoard

The North Slope Historic District helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, shrub and bed maintenance, and other special projects.

Point Defiance Park

Volunteer Park Group

Friends of Point Defiance 
Coordinator: Park Ranger Mary Krauszer

Friends of Point Defiance helps existing park service with: Park Watch, Fort Nisqually, Park Ambassadors, Gardens, Point Defiance Marina, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Habitat Steward Group

Sierra Club-Tatoosh Group
Coordinator: Brett Johnson bmjohnson75@hotmail.com

Sierra Club-Tatoosh Chapter helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, brush removal, and invasive plant removal with a strong focus on English ivy.

Join us: 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon for a Point Defiance Beach Clean Up (meet at the Marina)

 

 

Portland Avenue Park

Volunteer Park Group

Tacoma Nomads Rugby Football Club
Coordinator: Jason Shelton

TNRFC helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, surface blowing, turf repair, painting, vandalism impacts and graffiti removal, and other special projects.

Puget Gulch

Volunteer Park Group

Help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, and other special projects. Interested in joining a work party? Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com

Rogers Playfield

Volunteer Park Group

Tailwaggers
Coordinator: Miguel Florez

The Tailwaggers help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, dog park maintenance, and other special projects.

Ryan's Park

Volunteer Park Group

Help existing park service with: maintaining the natural area and wetland.

Join us: 1st Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Sign up or log Volunteer hours Find this group on Facebook

Salmon Beach

Volunteer Park Group

Salmon Beach Historical Group
Coordinator: Joan Rutherford

The Salmon Beach Historical group helps existing park service with:on-going litter pickup and removal, annual group organized cleanups from the beach and shoreline (tidelands at base of cliffs bordering the Narrows between the Lighthouse and the HSBD north boundary)

Skateparks - Heidelberg Davis, Northeast Tacoma, Stewart Heights & Thea's Park (not a skatepark)

Volunteer Park Group

Tacoma X Skateparks
Coordinator: Peter Whitley

Tacoma X Skateparks helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, vandalism impacts and graffiti removal, hard surface sweeping, monthly organized work parties, and quarterly projects.

Stewart Heights Park

Citizen Park Watch Group

Stewart Heights Neighbors
Coordinators: David Cantlin &Heather Braswell

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

Swan Creek Park

Trail Volunteer Work Parties

Washington Trails Association
Learn more

Mountain Bike Trails Care & Events

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance
Learn more

Friends of Swan Creek Food Forest

Site Coordinator: Ulysses Martin (253) 304-7049
Design Lead: Kelda Lorax (253) 370-9446
Learn more

Friends of Swan Creek Watershed

Sue Bernstein, Coordinator

Oak Tree Park

Habitat Steward Group

Albert Styers, Cinda Berkhout & Philip Lord

Oak Tree Park’s volunteer steward group helps existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant control and removal, and community education.

Join us: 3rd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

Sign up or log Habitat Steward hours Find this group on Facebook

Tacoma Nature Center

Habitat Steward Group

Cyndy Dillon & Bill Brookreson

Join us for regular stewardship activities: removing invasive plant species, re-planting areas with native plants and helping those plants thrive.

Join us: 1st & 3rd Fridays of every month from 9 am to noon

 

Titlow Park

Seeking a New Habitat Steward!

Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com

Help existing park service with: litter pickup and removal, invasive plant removal, native plant weeding and watering, organized work parties and more.

Citizen Patrol Group

Titlow Neighborhood Park Watch
Coordinators: Cheri Solien & Joy Johnson

Sign up or log Park Watch hours

 

Ursich Park

Seeking a New Habitat Steward!

Contact us at chipin@tacomaparks.com

Wapato Hills Park

Habitat Steward Group

Friends of Wapato Hills Natural Area
Coordinators: Carol Munsey, Andrew Mordhurst, Loren Korff, Lori Hall

Wapato Hills Park volunteer steward group helps existing park service with: litter pickup, trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, organized monthly work parties, and reporting safety concerns.

Join us: 2nd Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon

 

Wapato Park

Habitat Steward Group

Coordinator: David Horne

Help existing park service remove invasive plant species, such as blackberry, ivy and laurel, from the park’s wetlands and wooded areas, as well as some minor trash clean up

Join us: 4th Saturday of every month from 9 am to noon
Meet at the off-leash dog parking lot which is accessed off the Sheridan entrance to the park (take a right at the round about after you enter the park).

Find this group on Facebook