It is that time of year again to close out the 2020 past and look forward to 2021. It has been an interesting year for sure. We started the year with high hopes and planned a lot of great projects and activities. Then Covid-19 hit. Due to park closures early and continued restrictions, we were unable to provide a naturalist position for the park this year. In addition, all of our normal events for the season ended up as cancellations. It is sad to work toward and plan for things that do not happen but public health must be the first priority.
Despite the pandemic, we were able to open the park concession stand for at least a portion of the season. With a lot of paperwork and adjustments to the operations to provide the safest possible experience for the park visitor, we were able to secure permission to operate from the state. Pam, Randy, and all the crew did an amazing job with all the adjustments. In fact, the last couple of months have been very busy and the stand will continue to operate with reduced hours through Columbus weekend.
We were able to secure grant funding to support a project to replace badly worn and weathered interpretive signage at the Sugar Maple Nature Trail and the Wisconsin Ridge Campground. The new signs are up and beautiful. Stop by and take a look.
It’s time to put 2020 behind us and shift our focus to 2021. Your executive board has decided to move the annual general meeting usually held in October, to November 10, 2020. This meeting is scheduled to be held at the Peterson Shelter Building within the park at 5:00 PM. This is a chance for you to become more involved. We will select the 2021 board of directors at this meeting. Current board members have indicated a willingness to serve another year, however, we are in need of new members if we are to adapt and survive into the future. If you are interested in a board position please contact me or any board member.
All members are welcome to attend the meeting and have their voice heard.
Below this letter, you will find a renewal application link for your membership. Even if you cannot help in-person, we appreciate your financial support through your membership renewal and contributions to the Friends of Wyalusing State Park endowment fund.
Bruce L. Klang – President, Friends of Wyalusing State Park