Solo Park Clean Up - Ongoing and at a Park of your choosing!

Open Opportunity


The city is currently facing a hiring freeze and staff shortages, and while parks are seeing record usage, our friends at PARD just aren't able to keep up with all the trash! YOU can help. Here's how: 
1. Leave No Trace
Whenever you visit our parks trails and green spaces, be sure to follow leave no trace guidelines. Make sure anything you bring into the park, comes back out with you. Don't leave trash or any items in the park. 
2. Volunteer at a distance
If you head out to a park, maintain social distance and give back at the same time! Bring a trash bag and some kitchen tongs/gloves with you and pick up any trash you see. Note: if the trash you pick up at the park will not fit in the park trash cans or on-site dumpsters please take it home to dispose of it! PARD staff are only able to handle the regular amount of trash in trash cans, so please do not stack up excess outside of these.
Your help in keeping the parks clean will be SO valuable. Stay safe, and don't forget to wear a mask! 
Opens Jul 9, 2020 12:00am
Registration Closes
Dec 31, 2021 12:00am or when space runs out.
Requirement Details
Wondering if you should register to volunteer? Based on the CDC guidelines, we are asking you the following questions:
  1. Have you been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19? See the CDC’s risk assessment guidance.

  2. Do you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19? Symptoms can include a cough or shortness of breath or at least two of the following: Fever, Chills, Repeated shaking with chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. See the CDC’s symptom information.

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, we ask you not to register. We are doing all we can to align with best practices and keep our community healthy.
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386 Positions Filled | 154 Impacts | 453 Hours


Shelly Milvo wrote on May 6th, 2021

I typically head to Walnut Creek but if there are any other parks that need more attention or seem to in distress please let me know! I would be happy to switch it up!

Robin Queen wrote on December 1st, 2020

Just moved to the East Side near Tillary, South of Airport. This neighborhood needs a lot of attention....trash everywhere, more than I could ever handle solo but doing my best to make an impact by taking either a trash or recycle ♻️ bag and gloves when I’m out walking my dogs. This would be a great spot for a group clean up once the virus is under control.

Rebecca Caldwell wrote on October 14th, 2020

I go trail running every weekend and happy to help clean up as I go. Are there certain trails that need more attention?

Dick Ryan wrote on September 23rd, 2020

Thanks. I continue to pick up trash and to rake up debris washed down into West Austin Park with each heavy rain. We also have areas where large puddles form after each heavy rain that need unblocking.

Cliff Tyllick wrote on August 31st, 2020

Is there a way that people who volunteer for this can borrow trash grabbers? I know of a group of trail runners who would like to spread out across as many trails as they can cover in teams of 1 to 5 (no more than will allow enough distancing on the trail being cleaned up). I can get them gloves. Is there a way we can let their contact pick up some grabbers?