Park Ambassador Volunteer Program
The Park Ambassador Volunteer Program was founded over 20 years ago as a way to keep the Bettendorf parks safe and beautiful for all to enjoy. This group of volunteer citizens patrol the city parks helping those who may need it. Duties for Park Ambassadors include giving directions, providing information on park activities, watching for vandalism, offering help to park patrons, encouraging patrons to abide by established park rules, and serving as an extra set of eyes and ears for the Bettendorf Police Department. Park Ambassadors act as “Good Will Ambassadors” for the City of Bettendorf.
What is the Park Ambassador Volunteer Program?
Ambassadors must be over the age of 18 and are not required to reside in Bettendorf. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license. Persons interested should be in good physical health and must pass a criminal background check. Park Ambassadors are typically sent out in pairs, with few exceptions. You may pair up with a family member or friend, or the coordinator will pair you up with another Ambassador. Each Ambassador usually volunteers 2 or 3 nights per month. Park Ambassadors patrol in shifts between 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm every night from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. The Parks and Recreation Department supplies each volunteer with a hat and shirt so that they may be easily identified, as well as a City vehicle in which to patrol the parks.
An orientation for Park Ambassadors is held in May, at which rules, regulations, and procedures will be discussed.Applications may be picked up at Bettendorf City Hall (1609 State Street), the Bettendorf Community Center (2204 Grant Street), the Family Museum (2900 Learning Campus Drive), the Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus Drive), or Palmer Hills Golf Course (2999 Middle Road), and must be returned to Meredith at the Bettendorf Community Center (2204 Grant Street). Persons interested in volunteering can also fill out the Park Ambassador Volunteer Program Interest Form (below) to request that an application be mailed to them.
If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Park Ambassador Volunteer Program, please contact Meredith Fabrizius at 563-344-4091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.