China Lake Volunteer Work Party
CHIP-in! volunteers picking up trash
CHIP-in! point defiance park rose garden volunteers

MLK Jr Day of Caring - Jan 20

Join a volunteer event at Titlow, Point Defiance and Norpoint Parks.

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Pick a Park!

Park volunteer groups are always looking for additional help.

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Join a Garden Group

Our gardens need extra help in the summer when the flowers are blooming.

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CHIP-in! Citizens Helping Improve Parks

4702 S 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98405

(253) 202-5978

Richard Madison: Community Outreach and Special Projects Coordinator


The CHIP-in! program is designed so citizens can take an active role in helping to maintain and revitalize local parks and natural areas.

Metro Parks Tacoma manages over 2,696 acres of parks and green space, historic landmarks, community centers, beautiful gardens and special attractions that give us all a chance to get out and play more.

We’re asking you to “chip in” by investing your time and talents to help us improve parks and green spaces, protect neighborhood buildings and promote a healthy environment while helping to build a stronger community.

Upcoming Events

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Plan a volunteer event for your group

Do you have a group interested in doing a volunteer work party with Metro Parks Tacoma? CHIP-in! would love to help you and your group come out to beautify your local park.

Contact and let us know:

  • Your contact info (name/phone/e-mail)
  • Park name
  • Date & time of event (start/end)
  • Name of the group hosting the event
  • Event name
  • If the event is open to the public and you would like us to advertise it
  • Number of volunteers expected (minimum/maximum desired)
  • Age group (adults/children/all ages OK)
  • A brief project description

Support Us

Make a donation to the CHIP-in! program. You can donate to a specific park or group where your dollars will only be used to benefit the park of your choice. Or you may donate to the whole CHIP-in! program, where your donation will be used to purchase supplies for the program such as tools, snacks, plants, materials, etc

Make a Donation

Agency Partners

Agency partners are specific partnerships developed with agencies in the greater Tacoma area to work together to keep people of all ages involved in opportunities to learn, grow, protect, enhance, and give back to their communities.

Metro Parks Tacoma provides opportunities to work with our maintenance staff to learn new job skills, to receive special training on how to protect your neighborhoods and parks, to participate in habitat restoration, and to teach youth positive leadership qualities.

Become an agency partner
In a growing effort to provide even more opportunities for people to get involved in their community, CHIP-in! is looking for additional agency partners.

To find out how your agency can get involved, contact

Current Partners

  • Boy Scouts of America
    Metro Parks provides volunteer opportunities for Boy (Cub) and Girl (Brownie) Scout Troops to complete their community service and rank advancement requirements. In addition, we work with Eagle Scouts who are trying to achieve their Eagle Scout rank by providing projects that meet such requirements.For information about the Boy or Girl Scouts of America, please visit or,
  • Green Tacoma Partnership
    The Green Tacoma Partnership is a public-private partnership between the City of Tacoma, Metro Parks, Tahoma Audubon Society, Cascade Land Conservancy, citizens, educational organizations, neighborhood groups, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and businesses all working together to sustain a viable healthy network of natural spaces throughout Tacoma. 
    Visit their website.
  • REI
    REI is more than great gear. Through volunteerism, giving, responsible business practices and more, we connect people to the outdoors and help protect the natural places we love. 
    Visit their website.
  • Safe Streets
    Provides opportunities for community groups to join, or develop their own neighborhood, or park patrols. Cooperative partnership with Safe Streets, Tacoma Police Department, Tacoma Public Schools and Metro Parks Tacoma.For more information, please visit their website.
  • Tacoma Community House
    We partner with the Tacoma Community House to offer opportunities for their youth participants who want to explore higher education opportunities and prepare for future careers in horticulture and/or landscape management.For more information about Tacoma Community House, please visit their website.
  • Tacoma Goodwill, STEPS Program
    The STEPS program empowers youths to give back to their community while learning valuable on-the-job skills, and seeing how they can make a difference.Metro Parks earned the 2003 Goodwill Large Employer of the Year award for our participation in this program. For more information about the Tacoma Goodwill, please visit their website.“Having our youth involved in the CHIP-in! program gives them an opportunity to give back to their community, which generates ownership and pride. Given this opportunity to succeed, our youth identify themselves as leaders who can make a difference.”
    – STEPS Program Coordinator, Goodwill Industries
  • Tacoma School District, Community Service
    This program provides opportunities for Tacoma’s high school students to complete their culminating projects within the park system, as well as any other community outreach efforts by key clubs, booster clubs, etc.For more information about the Tacoma School District, please visit their website.
  • Tacoma School District, Diversified/Transitional Education
    This program is a cooperative effort between the Tacoma School District and Metro Parks to provide students an opportunity to discover professional and vocational interests through on the job training.Metro Parks becomes the learning environment with the instructors being professionals in the industry. Our greenhouse has been a key partner since the mid 1980s.For more information about the Tacoma School District, please visit their website.