Trail Ambassadors (formerly Trail Monitors)
Since 2005, Cleveland Metroparks and its visitors have benefitted from the service of Trail Monitor volunteers. These volunteers monitor Park District trails to interact with visitors, alert management crews to any hazardous situation and be first responders in emergencies on the trails.
In 2013, a pilot program called the Urban Beach Ambassadors was developed, thanks to a start up grant from The Cleveland Foundation, to monitor the newly acquired Lakefront properties, with a focus on the beaches.
In 2013, 185 Trail Monitor and Urban Beach Ambassador volunteers donated over 8,800 hours to monitoring designated trails in 16 Cleveland Metroparks reservations.
Due to similar purposes, the Trail Monitor and Urban Beach Ambassador programs will merge starting in 2014!
The newly named “Trail Ambassador” program will ensure that all Cleveland Metroparks properties, including some of the Lakefront properties, will be monitored by volunteers. The purpose of the volunteers remains the same, their reach is just expanded!
Trail Ambassadors are pairs of volunteers who are First Aid/CPR certified and hike or bike throughout the Park District from May through December. Trail Ambassador volunteers are expected to donate a minimum of 40 hours during the seven month season. Optional winter monitoring is available after completion of the first summer season. Convenient online scheduling allows volunteers to choose their date, time and monitor location.
Trail Ambassador volunteers, age 30 and older, are invited to participate in this fun and rewarding volunteer activity. Prospective volunteers must complete a supplement application, participate in an interview, and submit to a background check. If accepted, volunteers must attend a training class and First Aid/CPR certification class, if not currently certified. Applications are due by early February each year.