Volunteering for Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation offers a comprehensive volunteer program that gives residents an opportunity to leave a lasting impact on Parks & Recreation facilities, green spaces and programs. Volunteer activities can be short-term, such as a morning planting trees, or long-term, such as being a therapeutic recreation buddy for outings or classes.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in sharing your time and talents with Lexington Parks & Recreation? Not only will you and/or your group get to spend quality time together, but you will also help keep Lexington’s parks beautiful and programs and facilities running smoothly. Click to expand the different sections below to explore the various ways to volunteer with us.

Have questions about opportunities or interested in one of these areas? Email your specific interest to parksvolunteer@lexingtonky.gov to arrange your volunteer work.

Community Centers

Lend a hand at one of our many community centers by assisting with programs and events such as arts and crafts, sports and games, health education, and holiday parties.


We offer volunteer opportunities at each of our five golf courses. For every three hours worked, you will earn 9-holes of free golf on the course you volunteered for. 

Current opportunities include:

  • Golf shop attendant (golf cart fleet, starter, ranger, golf shop)
  • Golf maintenance

If you want to volunteer with Play Golf Lex (our golf department), contact Justin Mullannix at jmullannix@lexingtonky.gov.


Lexington has over 100 city parks. You can assist our Maintenance team with helping to paint fences, pick up debris or organize a park clean-up at your favorite park throughout the year.

Natural Areas

Join our Natural Areas team and help clean up your favorite hiking trail or remove honeysuckle and other invasive plant species from natural areas and parks with a group or individually.

Planning & Design

Interested in history and archival work? Work with a team of individuals charged with organizing and cataloging decades worth of Parks & Recreation memorabilia and information.

Special Events

Become a part of our Special Events team by assisting with special events around the city such as Kite Fest, Bluegrass 10,000, the Halloween Festival & Thriller Parade, or Friday Flicks.

Therapeutic Recreation

Join our Therapeutic Recreation team, which offering programming for individuals with disabilities and special needs, and serve as a Therapeutic Recreation “buddy" to help youth and adults participate in different programs.

Create Your Own!

Do you have a creative volunteer idea that you don't see listed here? You can create your own individual or group volunteer activity and reach out to us to arrange details.