Want to Help


Park Volunteers Rock! From wiping out graffiti to planting trees (and lots in between) you have made your mark in making our parks shine. Some of the many volunteer opportunities include:

  • Cleaning Graffiti
  • Make A Difference Day
  • National Public Lands Day
  • Picking up Litter
  • Painting
  • Tree Planting
  • Weeding
  • Adopt-A-Park
  • Family Volunteer Days
  • Little Library in the Park

The Parks and Recreation Department welcomes civic organizations, schools, clubs, Boy and Girl Scout troops and interested citizens who wish to help clean, maintain and beautify our City parks. We assist corporations and businesses looking for employee service projects. We also work with large conventions visiting San Antonio looking for volunteer opportunities. 

Looking to make a long-term commitment as a volunteer steward at a particular park?
Check out ourAdopt-A-Park Program

Love the greenway trails? Are you friendly and committed to making the trails safe? 
Check out our Trail Watch Program

Click the tabs below to learn more about how to volunteer. 

Support your San Antonio Parks and Recreation by participating in one of our volunteer programs.


9/19/18 Sweat N Serve 
Lou Kardon Park
6161 Gibbs Sprawl Rd, 78218

Do you like working out? Do you like Circuit Training? Do you like giving back to the community? If you answered yes to all or any of these questions, you do not want to miss out on our Sweat N Serve event taking place at Lou Kardon Park. Volunteers will work out with our Troops for Fitness instructor who will lead volunteers in a workout followed by a service project revitalizing the park. After you work out and the heart rate is up you will have a quick break while given instruction on the service project that will include mulching trees, painting, and litter pickup.

9/22/18 Nature y Cultura Volunteer Workday at Villa Coronado Park
Villa Coronado Park 
11030 Ruidosa, 78214

Celebrate Nature y Cultura with volunteer service! Volunteers are needed to help spread mulch around trees and to pull weeds at the park’s fruit orchard. After work is done, volunteers will enjoy a dance performance by the department’s Cultural Arts performers in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Tree adoptions will also be available to volunteers. Ages 5+.

10/13/18 KaBoom! Playground Build
Cuellar Park
431 Lance St. San Antonio, 78237
8am – 3pm

It’s time to build a playground! We are looking for volunteers ages 18 and up to assist with our upcoming playground build at Cuellar Park. These are really fun and amazing events that transform a park. To sign up and to learn more visit: https://www.tfaforms.com/4692535. Please note that we also need a few volunteers on Prep Day 10/11/18 too.

10/18/18 Trail Watch Orientation
REI - Huebner Oaks Shopping Center
11745 I-10 #110, San Antonio, TX 78230

We are looking for volunteers ages 18 and up to join our popular trail watch program. If you like to run, walk, bike our park trails, this may be a great opportunity match. Trail Watch volunteers are active at the following parks: Howard W. Peak Greenway, OP Schnabel, McAllister, Hardberger, Friedrich, Crownridge, and Eisenhower Parks. Attend this orientation to learn more about Trail Watch and about park watch principles from Park Police and Park Staff. 


Schedule Your Own Volunteer Event!
The following events are considered open call-outs for groups. We can schedule an event to fit your calendar! 

Backenridge Park Community Cat Program

Are you looking for a purrfect volunteer opportunity? The Brackenridge Park Conservancy is looking for volunteers to help with the feral cat program. Volunteers are needed to help feed the cats on a weekly basis on Tuesday and Fridays. Orientation, training, and all supplies are provided by the Brackenridge Park Conservancy. Interested? Call 210-826-1412 or email Kristy@brackenridgepark.org

Groups needed for Playground Mulchings!

Do you have a group looking for some fun Summer service hours? We have several opportunities for groups to help spread mulch at playgrounds around the city during weekday hours. Interested? Call 210-207-2899 or email Henry.Arredondo@sanantonio.gov for more info today!


Contact Us

For more information, call:

Henry Arredondo

Volunteer Services Coordinator



How to Sign up for Volunteer Opportunities

Check this website often for a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities with Parks and Recreation. Another great way to stay up to date is to be on our volunteer email list. To join, just send an email to Henry.Arredondo@sanantonio.gov or call (210) 207-2899.

Are you looking for a volunteer event for your group?

Each year hundreds of volunteers from local businesses and organizations pitch in. We can set up a volunteer project just for your group. To learn more, call (210) 207-2899 or email Henry.Arredondo@sanantonio.gov

SA Volunteers Sign-Up

You can also sign us through SA Volunteers. In the coming months we will be posting more and more park volunteer opportunities. So sign up online today in order to stay up to date with park volunteer happenings.

Contact Us

Meredith Tilley

inquiries to Meredith Tilley  

Adopt-A-Park Program

The Adopt-A-Park Program is an opportunity for local businesses and organizations to be hands-on members of the team that keeps our San Antonio Parks in top condition. The purpose of the program is to expand sustainable resources through community partnerships to help preserve, beautify and protect our City Parks. The contribution of your group's time and effort will ensure that San Antonio Parks remain among the most beautiful in the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Adopt-A-Park?

  • Grow your organization through community service and team building
  • Enhancing parks promotes civic engagement, pride and environmental stewardship
  • Help raise maintenance levels, increase the quality of parks and facilities
  • Beautify San Antonio parks

How does the program work?

Your group, business or organization will work with Parks and Recreation staff in determining which park will benefit most from your efforts and will be most convenient for your volunteers. Maintenance efforts will be tailored to your adopted park and may include:

  • Graffiti Removal
  • Litter Pick-Up
  • Small-Scale Gardening and Landscaping
  • Sweeping Walkways
  • Tree Planting and Stewardship
  • Painting

Who can participate?

  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Church Groups
  • Neighborhood Associations
  • Fraternal Organizations
  • Clubs
  • Youth Groups
  • And You!

Groups wishing to adopt a city park shall have a mission that does not conflict with the Parks and Recreation Department’s mission, including its initiatives to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles in a family friendly environment.

The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to deny requests from groups whose mission goals or history are counter to the mission of the Parks and Recreation Department and the City of San Antonio or which discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability. We ask that your group make a commitment to your adopted park for at least one year.

What areas can you adopt?

  • Sports Fields and Courts
  • Existing Garden Areas
  • Trail & Greenway Segments
  • Community Centers
  • Pavilions

What types of support materials does the Parks and Recreation Department provide?

  • Gloves and Bags
  • Litter Sticks
  • Gardening Tools such as Hoes, Brooms, Shovels and Rakes
  • Paint and Paint Brushes

What are the different types of recognition?

On a yearly basis, groups who complete annual time benchmarks will receive special recognition for their efforts in keeping our parks beautiful!

Service Hours Incentives
50 hours of group service Recognition on the Parks and Recreation website, Official Certificate of Adoption
100 hours of group service All the above incentives for 50 hours of group service plus: Complimentary reservation of a park pavilion or party house (Excludes Rosedale, Eisenhower, Camargo, and clubhouses)
150 hours of group service All the above incentives for 50 and 100 hours of group service plus: Adopt-A-Park sign displayed prominently in adopted park.

How do we get started?

Step 1

Download and print the Adopt-A-Park Application.

Step 2

Email or return completed applications to:

Contact Us

Parks and Recreation Department
Attn: Adopt-A-Park
5800 Old Highway 90 West
San Antonio, TX 78227

Step 3

To schedule a presentation for your organization or for more details about the Adopt-A-Park program please contact:

Contact Us

Meredith Tilley


 Scout Projects

This is an exciting time to learn about project management and what it means to plan, coordinate, and execute your Eagle Scout project! Boy Scouts interested in completing their Eagle Scout project with the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department are encouraged to view the available projects listed below. The projects are on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. We understand a scout needs to complete their project any time before their 18th birthday. We request that your project be fully completed a month prior to your 18th birthday. The projects listed below require time for planning and approvals before construction begins.

Crown Ridge Park- 7222 Luskey Blvd

Contact Thomas Paine at 210.207.3781.

  • Plant marker signs

Eisenhower Park- 19399 N W Military Hwy

Contact Thomas Paine at 210.207.3781.

  • Cedar rail fence to restrict access to restoration area.

Medina River Natural Area - 15890 HWY 16 S

Contact Don Pylant at 210.207.3103.

  • Plant marker signs
  • Picnic tables for education
  • Council Ring - campsite
  • Council Ring - grassy meadow
  • Cedar rail fence for front of park
  • Cedar rail fence and and landscape for entrance walk
  • Extending Palapa structure over picnic area
  • Seating and signage at bird pond
  • Hiking trail - campsite to south bank

Trail Watch Volunteers

The Trail Watch Program is seeking dedicated trail lovers.

Are you passionate about City trails? Do you enjoy spending time on them? If you answered yes to both questions, we hope you will consider becoming a Trail Watch Volunteer for the City of San Antonio.


  • Volunteers must be 18 and older
  • Volunteers should be friendly and outgoing
  • Volunteers will be asked to donate at least four hours per month.
  • Volunteers must complete the Trail Watch orientation for an overview of volunteer roles and trail safety from Park Police.

Program Contact Information

For more information on the Trail Watch Program and to reserve your spot please call:   210.207.2899 or email Meredith Tilley at:

 210.207.8603,  Meredith.Tilley@sanantonio.gov

Space is limited, call today.


Sunday, October 21, 2018