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Volunteer Opportunities

In 2013, a total of 6,418 volunteers contributed over 125,750 hours of service to the Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department. Per independent sector research, the national average dollar value of a volunteer hour of service is $21.79.  With this measure, Anchorage Parks & Recreation Volunteers donated more than 2.7 million in in-kind contributions of their time.

We have lots of new opportunities for volunteering in 2013. Whether you have many hours to share or only one hour, we would love to hear from you. One person can make a difference!



Arctic Benson Park Fix It 

Date:  July 12 

Time Commitment: 9 to noon.

Location: Arctic Benson Park   

RSVP: Mirna Estrada at 240-1397 or

Volunteer: We need volunteers to help us  lay playground soft surfacing and work on landscape improvements tot he park.    


Canine Frisbee

Date: Saturday July 13

Time Commitment: 10 to 1pm.

Location: Delaney Park Strip (Soccer Field, East of Rose Garden)     

Contact: Teri Desy 343-4297or Mirna Estrada at

Volunteer: We need volunteers to help leading set up the races and set up and take down. 


Pop Carr Fix It! 

Date:  Saturday July 19 

Time Commitment: 9 to noon

Location: Pop Carr Park    

RSVP: Mirna Estrada at 2440-1397 or

Volunteer: We need volunteers to help with landscaping improvements, cleaning up trash, removing graffiti and painting bollards. 


Moen  Park Fix It

Date: Saturday July 26

Time Commitment: 9 to noon.

Location: Kincaid Outdoor Center    

Contact: Mirna Estrada at 240-1397 or

Volunteer: We need volunteers to help leading set up the races and aid people get in and out of their sleds.  


Cardboard Boat Regatta 

Date: Saturday July 26

Time Commitment: 10 to 1pm

Location: Goose Lake Park    

Contact: Jennifer Thorne 343-4495 or Mirna Estrada at

Volunteer: We need volunteers to help load and unload children and their teams off their vessels at the lake.  We also needs volunteers to set up and take down.


Current Volunteer Programs

Neighboorhood Park Fix-Its!
Clean & Green 
Scoop The Poop
Trail Watch   
Be a Park Host

Volunteens are Anchorage youth between the ages of 13-18 who volunteer in parks to gain a broad range of work experience including gardening, painting, park maintenance and special projects.

Graffiti Busters-.Call us to report graffiti and we'll set you up with the right supplies. Or get your friends together for a Graffiti Buster event. We'll bring the supplies.

Park Volunteer -If you are a group leader setting up service time for your group, call us now so we can plan to maximize the time you spend and the work we need done.

Recreation programs -If you have a talent you'd like to share, consider teaching at one of our Recreation Centers.  Volunteer to teach a class, help with little swimmers, or share your passion and talent for sports with Anchorage youth, Some volunteer opportunities may require a background check.

Forms for all volunteers

    • Parks and Recreation
    • Director: John Rodda
    • 632 W 6th Avenue, Suite 630, Anchorage, AK 99501
    • 907 343-4355

We have an App for that!!

To find a park and to evaluate a park anytime anywhere, we have a free app for iphones and Androids. Click on app for more information and web address for your free park locator and evaluator app.

Grade your park!

The Report Cards have been completed and will tell us how we did, and what still needs to be done. The results are being evaluated for a new look at parks. We'll be accepting reports through the new smartphone apps for a look at what's happening year-round in any park. We can't be everywhere, so if you see something that you like, or don't like, send it to us.

Your volunteer hours matched with $$

The Rasmuson Foundation will match your 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. Anchorage depends on you. 

Contact Us! 

Anchorage Parks & Recreation

632 W. 6th. Ave., Suite 630

Mirna Estrada, Volunteer Coordinator

Ph: (907) 343-4587

Mon-Fri Sat 8a-5p


Eagle River/Chugiak Parks & Recreation

12001 Business Blvd., Suite 123, 99577

Karen Richards

Ph. (907) 343-1501

Fax 694-5010

Mon-Fri, 8a-5p


Girdwood Parks & Recreation

250 Egloff Dr, 99587

Margaret Tyler

Ph. (907) 343-8373

Fax 249-7439