Volunteer Opportunities

The Parks and Recreation Department needs you! Help us take care of our parks and bike trails!

The City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department welcomes all volunteers! Citizen assistance in keeping our nearly 300 city parks clean and usable is valuable to all in the community. You may volunteer individually or in groups. The needs are endless, from trash pickup and weed pulling, to some more involved projects that may require training and assistance from Park Management personnel. Park Management can provide trash bags, brooms, rakes and shovels for your project. Please call (505) 857-8657 and sign up to become a park volunteer. Thank you!

 Save the River - Scoop the Poop

Volunteers Needed to Maintain Mutt-Mitt Stations

No-one wants to see pet waste where they walk or play. Did you know that in addition to being a nuisance, pet waste is also a significant pollutant found in storm water runoff? Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, and lawns washes into storm drains and then to the nearest water body without treatment. Pet waste pollutes surface water by contributing harmful bacteria and nutrients impacting water. The solution is easy, pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly!

Help be a part of the solution, volunteer for the Park Management Mutt Mitt Program. It only takes a few minutes of your time to volunteer to refill mutt mitt stations in your neighborhood park. This program has been very successful in keeping our City beautiful and encourages dog owners to clean up after their pets and allows them a convenient and sanitary way of properly disposing of their dog waste. It’s easy, just fill out an application and Park Management will supply you with bags and a key and you too can be a mutt mitt volunteer. If you are interested, contact Park Management Division (505) 857-8650 for more information.

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Here are the Pat Hurley and Lavaland Park Volunteers!

Pat Hurley and Lavaland Park Volunteers

Volunteering in City Parks

Volunteering in City of Albuquerque parks and bike trails are a great way to help our community shine!

Simple park projects available year round:

  • Trash pickup
  • Weed removal
  • Raking sand boxes
  • Sweeping walkways/sidewalks
  • Cleaning/weeding of flower beds
  • Cleaning/wiping of playground equipment

**Track your volunteer time at parks with our Monthly Volunteer Worksheet Form **

Current Volunteer Projects

Lobo Little League Fields - new event!

North Domingo Baca Park - weeds in all planter areas, graveled areas, Skate Park, parking lots (milled and the planters in the parking lots), and in the Dog Park (the dog park has lots of goat heads/stickers that are overtaking the entrances in & out of the dog areas and along the fence lines)

Quintessence Park- weeds in the planter areas, graveled areas, around the playground, around the tennis courts, along the pathways, and in the parking lot

Holiday Park- weeds in the planters and parking lots

Vineyard Park - weeds in the planters & native sections, in the cobbled areas, crusher fines areas, and around the shade structure/gazebo

La Paloma Park- weeds along the perimeter of the park that encroach the native areas (this is a small park)

Call Malia Tafoya to coordinate a volunteer cleanup of these areas: (505) 857-8657.

Adopt a Park or Bike Trail

Community organizations, businesses, and private citizens may adopt a park or trail. Adoption requires maintenance and beautification work such as picking up litter, weeding, or special projects as agreed upon by Park Management Division and you.

The program is flexible enough to allow organizations, business or individuals to choose a comfortable level of volunteer support.

Park Management recognizes each adoption by placing a sign on the site indicating the name of the volunteer partner. Park Management asks that you adopt the area for at least two years, so that the commitment and recognition will be meaningful.

We offer plenty of rewarding volunteer opportunities for individuals, small groups, and large groups. We have all the tools; we just need your time and energy.

Let us match you with a project you will enjoy.

This program provides volunteers with excellent opportunities to gain valuable work experience, make a connection with the community, and meet new people.

You will need the following to Adopt:

    1. Park Adoption Form - download here!
    2. Volunteer Application - download here!
    3. Volunteer Waiver of Liability - download here!

      Specific Areas Needing Attention

      This section is for "high need" projects or areas for volunteers; Park Management Supervisors have identified projects in this section as those that require frequent attention or have become problem areas for maintenance. Check back regularly for updated projects.

      Current Needs:

      1. The section of bike path next to Winrock Mall is overgrown and full of trash; a crew could work from Pennsylvania across the pedestrian bridge and stop at Tom Bollack Uraban Forest park.

      Critical needs

      • Trash and overgrown vegatation along Winrock boundary
      • Trash and clothing pickup below the pedestrian bridge on west side of bridge
      • Sweep trail as it makes the sharp turn into the Louisiana Tunnel
      • Sweep tunnel

      Please call the Parks and Recreation Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Herrarra, at (505) 857-8657 for more information and specifics on listed projects. Thank you!