West Side Play Space is an all-volunteer run cooperative that is overseen by a Governing Board of member-volunteers. To operate as a cooperative, WSPS has a volunteer requirement. Traditionally each family is required to cover one shift per month during open hours. Shift lengths are 1.5 hours on weekdays and 2 hours on weekends. As a cooperative, there is also the expectation that members, as they are able, will jump in to fill last minute open shifts, volunteer during events and scheduled work days, and step forward to join a committee.