Niagara Gazette


April 7, 2014

State parks gearing up for spring events

Niagara Gazette — Regional state parks as well as their counterparts across the Empire State can always benefit from a corps of volunteers to help spruce up the sites and facilities.

“We’re hoping that people will come out to participate,” said Cindy Abbott-Letro, chair the seven-member regional parks agency at its March meeting at Beaver Island State Park. Letro was seeking support for the “I Love My Park Day!” activities set for May 3 at four area parks, starting at 10 a.m. Additional information about the special day is available from the Niagara Region Parks Department (285-0516) or from Angela Berti, public relations director at the state parks office (278-1764).

The event is designed to encourage residents to join the all-volunteer force that will be cleaning up the beaches, park lands and facilities. The one-day blitz has been organized by the state parks department in partnership with Parks & Trails New York.

Participating parks include:

Whirlpool State Park: 10 a.m. to noon. A cleanup is scheduled along the Niagara Gorge between Whirlpool and Devil’s Hole state parks. (Additional information at 285-0516)

Wilson-Tuscarora State Park: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A park naturalist will lead the group in an effort to beautify the park. The project will include planting flowers and cleaning up the beach.

Golden Hill State Park, Lake Road, Somerset: A chance to work with the Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse to clean the beach and assist with a variety of improvement projects.

Evangola State Park: Off Route 5, Town of Evans, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join a park staff worker to clean up the beachfront and park lands in addition to some other projects. (Call 549-1050)

Mike Drahms, a naturalist with the Niagara Region parks, explained it is recommended that people interested in any of the programs should call to register because the staff wants to assure proper precautions for the events. For example, a standard hike in the state park might easily accommodate 25 persons but an outing in the gorge would likely be limited to 15 registrants. “It’s just because of safety concerns,” Drahms added.

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