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Your donation of $50 helps CHIP In! volunteers and staff restore 10-square feet of green space!Citizens Helping Improve Parks (CHIP In!) is the comprehensive volunteer program for the Metropolitan Park District (MPT) of Tacoma, WA. Each year, more than 3,000 individuals volunteer more than 57,000 hours to help improve Tacoma’s parks and greenspaces. Five distinct programs comprise CHIP in!:

  1. Garden Societies
    At Point Defiance Park, the city’s largest and most active park, there are seven species-themed display gardens that each have volunteer societies who select and care for plants on display.
  2. Habitat Stewards
    In parks with natural areas, Habitat Stewards’ main concern is habitat restoration. Volunteers conduct a number of activities in order to achieve this: invasive species removal, trail maintenance, planting, litter pick up, and watering.
  3. Active Parks
    In active parks, volunteers work to keep parks clean, green, and safe. Volunteers at these parks conduct a number of activities such as weeding, litter pick-up, planting flowers, spreading mulch, and painting picnic tables.
  4. Park Patrol Neighborhood Watch
    Citizens volunteering for Park Patrol/Neighborhood Watch are trained by the Tacoma Police Department and Safe Streets. Volunteers wear safety vests and carry flashlights, and are trained to report any suspicious activity to the police department. These volunteers also act as educators to park visitors, who may not know about the park’s smoke-free policy, leashed dog policy, or other matters of park etiquette.
  5. Parks Appreciation Day and other service days
    Parks appreciation day, Trails Appreciation Day, Green Tacoma Day, and Community Day of Service all take place annually. These special volunteer opportunities draw individuals who wish to volunteer for one day, rather than on a regular basis.

In total, Metro Parks Tacoma has 35 groups of volunteers working in the district’s 3,000 acres of 65 parks and greenspaces. Your support of CHIP In! ensures that these dedicated volunteers have the tools and materials necessary to keep Tacoma parks beautiful.