Volunteer Park Rangers
If you love to hike, bike, be in the outdoors and would like to find a way to give back to the community, the Volunteer Park Ranger program may be just what you are looking for.
The first Volunteer Park Ranger went on patrol in August of 2009. Volunteer Park Rangers patrol our parks and trail systems by vehicle, by bike or on foot and they act as the eyes and ears of the city ensuring safety, cleanliness and orderliness for the benefit of our citizens and visitors to the parks.
Volunteer Park Rangers train with the parks staff, the police department and with the fire department to learn about park issues, safety and to receive first aid training. Volunteers watch for any suspicious activity and report it as necessary; contact the Parks & Recreation maintenance department to report any issues they find whether it be a broken sprinkler head or problems in a restroom, have provided aid to over-heated hikers and act as a deterrent to unlawful behavior.
Volunteer Rangers have monthly meetings/training sessions where issues in the parks are discussed and beneficial information can be disseminated. To date in 2010 alone, the Rangers received information and training on performing playground equipment safety checks by a nationally certified expert, identifying local plants by Ken Lain from Watters Garden Center, found out about the Petroglyphs in the Prescott area by Andy Christensen and learned about the Prescott Paddling Club.
Volunteer Park Rangers must commit to 4 hours per week and are trained by the program's training officer. They go on ride-alongs for a few weeks before setting out on patrol by themselves or with another Ranger. Rangers often patrol in pairs which many find quite enjoyable and there are currently 3 husband/wife teams in the program.
With the budget cuts and reduction in staff that has hit the city, this program is essential in helping maintain our parks and trails at the highest level for our citizens to enjoy. Join us to meet new people while enjoying the outdoors. It's a a great way to give back to our community and learn about the wonderful trails and parks in our beautiful city.
Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at
Or stop by the
Parks & Recreation Department
824 E Gurley St
Prescott, AZ 86301
In the old Armory Building