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The KC Parks volunteer program provides fun and rewarding opportunities for individuals and groups to engage in our parks. Service activities range from one-time projects and events to longer-term positions (see detailed descriptions below).

Individuals under the age of 18 must have parent or legal guardian written consent. All volunteers working with children, senior citizens, or people with disabilities are required to undergo a background screening consisting of a sexual offender registry and a criminal history search. The City of Kansas City, Missouri does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Please complete  the form below to inquire about volunteering with KC Parks! For more information, contact Parks.Volunteer@kcmo.org.

To fulfill court-ordered community service hours, please call (816) 513-8931.


Volunteering Opportunities

Penn Valley Skate Park Community Workday
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
10 a.m.-noon
Penn Valley Skate Park, 2900 Pennsylvania Avenue

KC Parks and the community will put a fresh coat of paint on the skate park and pick up litter this Saturday at 10 a.m. All tools/supplies will be provided. Please register for your preferred assignment below (only 15 needed for painting).  Sign up NOW!

Trailside Center Community Workday 
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021
8-10 a.m.
Parking Lot Beautification and Trail Cleanup, 99th & Holmes, KCMO

Please join us to spruce up the Trailside Center parking lot landscaping and clean up litter along the Indian Creek Trail. We will divide into two teams, one for brush and weed removal, and one for litter cleanup. Bags and gloves will be provided.  Registration is requiredPlease bring water and wear bright colors. Close-toed shoes required.

Make a Difference Mondays:  Paseo Blvd. Litter Clean-Ups
Mondays, 9:30 – 11 a.m.
57th and Paseo (Park on street nearby and meet in median)

The community is invited to help us tackle the loose litter problem on our boulevard.  This effort is being led by KC Parks Ambassador Aaron DeWitt.    Please RSVP parks.volunteer@kcmo.org

Indian Mound Overlook/ Kessler Park Weekly Cleanup
Sundays, 8 – 10 a.m.
Indian Mound, Gladstone Blvd and Belmont

Meet at the Overlook (Gladstone Blvd and Belmont).  RSVP to fellow Ambassador Gabby at gas59q@mail.umkc.edu.


Ongoing Opportunities

KC Parks Ambassador (Individuals) – Ambassadors commit to volunteering a minimum of 3-5 hours per month, and in some instances, help lead volunteer groups. To become an Ambassador, volunteers must attend an information session, complete a volunteer application, and attend an Ambassador training session.
Apply Here

Litter cleanups (Individuals or groups) – Neighborhood associations, businesses, community and social organizations are always needed and welcome to help beautify parks.

Gardening and landscaping (Individuals or groups) – Assist with planting flowers, shrubs and trees, pruning shrubs and trees, and mulching on park properties.

Honeysuckle removal (Individuals or groups) – Help clear invasive brush such as honeysuckle on group workdays, or learn to become a team leader.

Partners in Parks – Perfect for neighborhood associations, businesses, and other community and social organizations that what to clean up parks in their neighborhood. In addition to litter pick-up, park adopters could:

  • Help clear invasive brush such as honeysuckle
  • Gardening and landscaping – planting flowers, shrubs and trees, and mulching
  • Pruning shrubs, trees and more

Friends of Lakeside Nature Center (Individuals or groups) – The Friends of Lakeside Nature Center rehabilitate wildlife brought to the center, provide educational programs to school groups and others and help with special events. Those interested can contact our partners at Lakeside Nature Center at folnc@crn.org.

Kansas City Northern Railroad at Line Creek – The Kansas City Northern Railroad operates three miniature 16-inch gauge passenger trains or the public on a 5/8th mile track in Line Creek Park and is seeking new members. The trains run weekends and holidays May through September. Volunteers are needed year-round as engineers, conductors, ticket agents, mechanics, and track workers. No experience is required. Training is provided for all positions. The club meets every Wednesday evening at the Line Creek Park train building for work sessions. For more information, drop by between 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. You can also contact Lenny Ohrnell at 816-516-1114.

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