Camping For All: December 25, 2014 Ozaukee Press Article
Steady progress continues on the handicap-accessible cabin being built at Harrington Beach State Park in the Town of Belgium. Subcontractors and volunteers have completed the rough structure and structural and electrical inspections are scheduled for this week, Friends of Harrongton Beach member Neil Kraemer said. The cabin should be open in time for the 2015 camping season, he said. The Friends group needs to raise $23,000 to meet its $160,000 fundraising goal. Volunteers are needed to help install log siding, interior woodwork, tile work, staining and wheel-chair-accessible landscaping in spring, Kraemer said. For more information on the cabin, visit www.friendsofharrington.org, the group's Facebook page, contact the park office or e-mail . Shown with the nearly completed exterior structure are Friends of Harrington Beach members (from left) Rhondella Morgan, Ray Cary and Kraemer. Photo by Sam Arendt
Last week at the monthly Board of Directors meeting we were able to look back on the past year and at the same time look forward to new things for next year. What are the new things? Read on to find out!
Accessible Cabin: Matt Manczek Construction has really helped us make great strides. The cabin is framed in with all windows and doors installed. The interior work will soon begin. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at . We are still a little shy of our goal so additional financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI 53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/
Halloween Hike: This year’s Halloween Hike was Saturday, October 18. We had a great turnout but always find we have room for more so be sure to invite your friends to all future events. Special thank you to the volunteers who helped, along with the Holy Cross 4H for their work on the haunted trail.
First Day Hike: Thursday, January 1, 2015 will be a great day at the park. The Friends will be opening up the Welcome Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a fire burning in the fireplace with marshmallows to roast. Hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee will be available. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy with friends and family. You can even bring hot dogs to roast in the fireplace. Unless you have a favorite roasting stick, feel free to use ours! Admission to the park is free for Wisconsin State Parks First Day celebration. (The First Day Hike replaces the Candlelight Hike on Saturday, January 3.)
Save the Date: January 24, 2015 is the Staff/Volunteer party. February 7, 2015 will be the date for our next Candlelight Ski/Hike.
The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month. Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 in the Park office. The meeting is open to the public. I hope you can join us!
Today while driving I noticed the beautiful colors of the leaves changing. Besides the Autumn colors, we have the cooler temperatures to enjoy the hiking trails and even some picnics in the park before the winter snows begin. Before I can take my hike, it is time I share what is happening at Harrington Beach.
Accessible Cabin: Construction started about a month ago and it is starting to take shape. There should be big changes starting the week of September 28 when Matt Manczek Construction helps us get the outside shell up. The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park goal is to have it framed in and ready for interior work before the snow flies. If you are interested in helping with this project, please email us at . Financial contributions can be made by mail at Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, 531 County Hwy D, Belgium, WI 53004 or via the donation link at http://friendsofharrington.org/
Halloween Hike: This year’s Halloween Hike will be Saturday, October 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. As in the past, there will be a Costume contest along with pumpkin carving competition. The Friends of Harrington Beach will have pumpkins and carving tools available for you to use and they are FREE! If you have your own set of tools you prefer, be sure to bring them with you. The Friends even clean up the mess! In the Welcome Center we will have Chili and Hot Dogs for sale. Of course there will be free hot chocolate, hot apple cider, hot coffee, bars and cookies to eat.
Volunteer Opportunities: Opportunities abound at Harrington Beach State Park and with such a variety to choose from, there should be one just for you. Here is a list of just a few for your review. Check it out and email us at to learn more.
Save the Dates: January 3, 2015 and February 7, 2015 will be the date for our Candlelight Ski/Hikes. January 24, 2015 is the date for the Staff/Volunteer party.
The Friends of Harrington Beach State Park board of directors meet the 4th Thursday of the month. Our next scheduled meeting is Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 in the Adolph and Marie Ansay Welcome Center. The meeting is open to the public. I hope you can join us!
With the end of Labor Day Weekend, Harrington Beach State Park summer programming is winding down. Our popular After Summer Hike takes place on Saturday, September 20 at 6pm starting with roasting hotdogs at the Ansay Welcome Center and taking a 1.5 mile tikki torch lit hike around the Quarry. Desserts will be available as well as beverages. There is no charge for this event but donations to the Friends are gratefully accepted. A vehicle admission fee is required for park entrance.
We want to share a picture from the recent Monarch Butterfly capture/tag/release event held on August 30 at Puckett’s Pond. Ranger Robin Miller had an informative talk with about 19 visitors and campers then they captured, tagged, swabbed for parasite and released the butterflies back into the meadow. With volunteers like Bob and Karen Helminiak, going through the process was a breeze. Bob is shown in the picture below with some visitors to the event. We thank all our volunteers, staff and park visitors for making this season’s programming events successful. Please visit us again!