Parks & Recreation Program Volunteer Opportunities

The Golden Valley Parks and Recreation Department has community volunteer opportunities year-round. Whether you’re looking to donate your time or money, there are plenty of options for anyone.

+ Adopt-A-Dog-Bag Station

Similar to the City’s Adopt-A-Park program, residents and organizations can now adopt dog waste bag stations at Golden Valley parks. The City will purchase and install bag stations at each sponsored park. Neighborhood volunteers will be tasked with restocking the stations with bio-degradable bags throughout the year.

New sponsored dog bag stations can be located in the neighborhood park area indicated by the sponsor. Sponsor name (individual, neighborhood, company or organization) will be recognized on each station sign.

  1. Initial year sponsorship (dog bag unit, synthetic post, concrete, installation, sponsorship sign, dog bags): $375
  2. Annual sponsorship for dog bags: $160

Once application is submitted and sponsorship paid, the City will install the dog bag station and deliver dog bags to the volunteer’s address.

Volunteer Support

Volunteer will store the bags and stock the dog bag station throughout the year.

Sponsorship includes an initial one-year supply of bags. The City will contact sponsors in November to see if they want to continue bag sponsorships for the following year.


For more information, contact Recreation Coordinator Maddy Champa at 763-512-2341 or

+ Adopt-A-Park

Adopt-A-Park is a public service program for volunteers to help Golden Valley keep its parks beautiful. Although the main focus is picking up litter, assistance is also needed to identify safety hazards and communicate other issues associated with each park.

How does it work?

The program is open to community groups, civic organizations, churches, businesses, and individuals willing to make a minimum two-year commitment.

The Golden Valley Park & Recreation Department will make final approval and sign a simple agreement with participating groups or individuals.

Volunteers will keep an eye on their adopted parks, report any vandalism or unsafe conditions observed, and pick up litter at least twice a year. The City provides all necessary trash bags and pick-up of full bags.

For a list of current Adopt-A-Park volunteers, look near the back of the latest Park & Recreation Catalog.

Parks Up For Adoption

  • North Tyrol, 900 Westwood Dr S
  • Brookview Park, 200 Brookview Pkwy N
  • Golden Ridge Nature Area, 9145 Earl St
  • Pennsylvania Woods, 2301 Rhode Island Ave N

To adopt a park, contact Golden Valley Parks & Recreation at 763-512-2345. The City also has an Adopt-A-Lilac Bed program.

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+ Junior Playground Leader Program (canceled for 2021)

Golden Valley’s Junior Playground Leader Program provides youth ages 14-15 with a volunteer opportunity to gain leadership experience and valuable work skills by assisting recreation staff with playground programs.

The City’s Parks and Recreation staff will select Junior Leaders through an application and interview process. Candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview after the application deadline. All applicants must be ages 14 or 15.

Junior Playground Leader Program Applicaton

  • Responsibilities
    • Work as a member of a leadership team that provides outdoor fun for youth programs
    • Lead program participants in organized games
    • Assist staff with supervision of participants and setting up program activities
  • Benefits
    • Option to attend any one summer 2020 Golden Valley Parks and Recreation field trip (excluding zip-lining) at no cost
    • Recognition from the Golden Valley City Council
    • Certificate of completion

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+ Youth Programs

The City of Golden Valley does background checks on volunteers working with children.

Penny Carnival

  • Time Period: First Friday in August. 12-3 pm
  • Responsibilities
    • Run easy “carnival” games
    • Collect pennies
    • Hand out prizes
    • Some set-up and take-down
  • Qualifications or Skills
    • Enjoy interacting with youth ages 4 to 12
    • Able to work outdoors in a shaded area
  • Work Location: Brookview Park Large Picnic Shelter, 200 Brookview Parkway, Golden Valley
  • Benefits
    • Help provide a fun event for Golden Valley youth
    • Interact with local youth
  • Reports To: Recreation Supervisor John Stutzman

Supper With Santa

Golden Valley’s annual evening with Santa for children and families.

  • Time Period: First Friday in December, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Location: Brookview
  • Responsibilities: Help with setup, activities, and clean-up

+ Youth Athletics Coaching

Basketball Coaches

  • Time Period: One weekly practice in the evenings (Monday through Thursday) and one game each Saturday between noon and 5 pm. Season runs early January through mid-March.
  • Responsibilities: Coach recreational basketball teams for boys and girls in grades 2-7.

Soccer Coaches

  • Time Period: Season runs from early September through October.
  • Responsibilities: Coach a youth soccer team for one practice per week and one game per week (Saturday afternoon) for kids in grade K-6.

Want to Volunteer?

Fill out an application here. Questions? Contact Golden Valley Parks & Recreation at 763-512-2345.