Are you friendly? Do you love Denver’s parks and trails? Planning to be on your bicycle enjoying the outdoors this summer? Apply by April 18 to become a member of the Volunteer Courtesy Patrol! Volunteer Courtesy Patrol Application
BikeDenver and Denver Parks & Recreation’s Park Rangers want YOU to apply by April 18 for selection to a high-profile volunteer program that will help take good care of some Denver’s favorite outdoor spaces! This is a great opportunity to meet others who love Denver’s parks and trails as much as you do and be part of very fun group!
The Volunteer Courtesy Patrol needs 45 bicyclists over the age of 18 this summer. The patrol has been expanded this year and the Park Rangers are recruiting more volunteers to help in more areas. Volunteers will assist Park Rangers in six or more of Denver’s most popular spaces, including; the Cherry Creek Trail, South Platte Trail, Bear Creek Trail (NEW), City Park, Washington Park, and Cheesman Park (NEW). Bike jerseys will be provided by Primal Wear. Volunteers will provide their own bicycle and helmet.
BikeDenver and Denver Parks & Recreation teamed up to launch the Volunteer Courtesy Patrol to expand the reach of the Park Ranger program and help educate users about basic park & trail safety rules and courtesies. Volunteers will assist in pairs 3-4 times a month, primarily on weekends from mid-May to mid-September.
Volunteer Courtesy Patrol Goals:
- Increase the Denver Park Ranger’s presence and visibility in six of Denver’s most popular parks and multi-use trails
- Educate trail and park users about basic safety rules and courtesies
- Model safe riding behavior for bicyclists
- Assist residents and visitors by providing directions and information
- Report on conflict areas, and physical safety issues
Let’s get rolling! Fill out this easy online form by April 18 to submit your application: Volunteer Courtesy Patrol Application
Hear what the program organizers have to say:
BikeDenver Executive Director Piep van Heuven says: “We were very pleased with the success of Volunteer Courtesy Patrol program in it’s inaugural year in 2011. Volunteers enjoyed the opportunity to help steward some of Denver’s most popular outdoor places and help the Denver Park Rangers address conflict areas and model responsible use on shared paths and trails.”
Denver Parks and Recreation Lead Park Ranger Jacob Wells says: “Using volunteers on bicycles helps extend our ability to service the public. The partnership with BikeDenver helped us to launch this important new volunteer program last year and we’re looking forward to expanding the program with their help again this year.”
You’ll find detailed information in the sign up form and we’ll be in touch about the process, but you might want to note these key dates:
March 16: Recruitment Begins
**April 18: Application Deadline**
April 23: Notification
April 30/May 1: Volunteer Training (attend one session)
May 7/8: On-Bike Volunteer Training (attend one session)
May 11: Pre-Launch Volunteer Meeting & BBQ
May 12: Program Launch
BikeDenver is Denver’s bicycle advocacy organization. We work to promote and encourage bicycling in Denver for recreation and transportation.
The Department of Parks and Recreation stewards Denver’s legacy and is dedicated to customer satisfaction and enhancing lives by providing innovative programs and safe, beautiful, sustainable places.
The Denver Park System includes more than 240 urban parks totaling more than 3,700 acres and more than 240 miles of trails and walks.
The Park Ranger Program provides daily patrol of the urban and mountain park systems and focuses on visitor contact and assistance, park rule and regulation enforcement/education, protection of natural and built resources, environmental education, emergency response and visitor safety.