News from the Park

Friends of HBSP News - Summer 2020

It is a different summer at the park in 2020

The office remains closed so some visitors remain puzzled as to how to pay admission and where to go or not go. The campground was opened later than usual, and the cabin and group campground even later.

The Friends of the Park are unable to sell firewood, ice, shirts and other merchandise from the office, and soda and water from vending machines, so have no income that would eventually go back to the park. We cannot use or rent out the Ansay Center. We can do volunteer work only singly, following Covid-19 precautions.

The Friends again funded a natural resource educator position and Phyllis planned a wonderful schedule of programs by her and guest presenters. So far those events, as well as the Northern Cross Foundation opening the observatory, cannot take place. Shoreline beach areas have been reduced by erosion and downed trees. Staircases and benches have had to be removed and there is no weekend shuttle bus. The erosion undermined the shuttle trail between the Quarry Lake and Pet Picnic areas, requiring closing of that section of the Stonehaven Trail road, with a detour to the south beach area. The lovely north beach is now shrunk and contains more stones than sand, and the south beach is totally stony.

It is the same summer in the park in many ways

purplemartinhouseThe purple martins returned to their house by the office and sing beautifully. The bobolinks and other birds fill the prairie areas. Rabbits and fawns were born and can be seen in the meadows and woods.

Spring flowers gave way to summer blooms, and although they are invasive the dame rocket purple flowers were stunning again. Now the brown eyed susans, grey headed coneflowers, goldenrod, and purple bergamot color the park.

People fish in Quarry Lake and many love to walk its trail around the lake. People still use the beach, and especially enjoyed some warm and calmer water for swimming earlier in July.

 


 

Friends of HBSP News - Spring 2020

COVID19 - If you have any questions about DNR guidelines and instructions visiting our
state parks, please go to dnr.wi.gov first. Our Visitor Centers is closed but staff is
monitoring phone messages. Be patient with hearing back from park staff concerning
your phone inquiries.

Annual Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm, may be rescheduled for the
future. We will keep you informed in changes affecting meetings and gatherings.

From Phyllis - HBSP Naturalist Educator
Phyllis is currently busy scheduling summer programming for our visitors/campers.
Here are two areas, among many, that she is asking for volunteers.

Wanted: Friends interested in photography to help plan and orchestrate a Wildflower
Photography Contest at Harrington Beach State Park. As flowers begin to unfold this
spring, visitors to the park can begin snapping digital pictures for the Wildflower
Photography Contest. I'm looking for a few people to help decide how best to
submit, judge, and share these photos of the park. If you'd like to help, contact Phyllis at
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In an effort to more appropriately honor those remembered with benches around the park,
we will begin removing the most worn benches and benches located in risky situations.
Anyone associated with a bench in the park, who did not contact the park last summer,
should contact the park office with their name, phone number and a description of the
location of the bench and to whom the bench was dedicated. This is especially important
for benches that have no plaque on them. Call 262-285-3015 and leave a message; mail
your information to the park office, Harrington Beach State Park, 531 Co Rd D, Belgium
WI 53004; or email to .

Be Safe and Healthy!
Nancy for the Friends

Message from Nancy

Hi Friends,

(Don’t stop reading if you aren’t on Facebook!). Are you a Facebook user? Would you get the word out on Facebook about our upcoming events by doing two steps?  Go to the Friends Facebook page Friends of Harrington Beach State Park, like 👍 the events, then share them to your own timeline. Three events have been posted recently; March 24 Board meeting, April 28 Annual Meeting and Work Earth Play Day on April 25th.  

If you are NOT a Facebook user, when you talk about your awesome hike accompanied by our deer friends and the scenic views of Lake Michigan at Harrington Beach, be sure your friends and family know about the Friends; a non-profit group of volunteers who provide fun, funds and a future for our park.  AND the funds benefit Harrington Beach exclusively.

Think about how you learned about the Friends. I heard through a neighbor 11 years ago. Yes, word-of-mouth works best!  As friendships developed through Friends activities and meetings, along with 3 seasons employed in the office, I fell in love with Harrington Beach all the more.  

Statewide, many Friends groups are comprised of retirement-aged folks with the time, passion and focus to dedicate to volunteer pursuits.  It’s a great place to be in life.  Inevitably, time marches on to bring health challenges, life changes and moves.  All this to let you know that Harrington Beach Friend’s board has upcoming board vacancies.  If you are the least bit curious about being a part of a non-profit board, join us at our regularly scheduled board meeting on March 24th at 6pm at the Park Office.  No strings attached, no obligation, no pressure.  You are welcome to just observe. 

Thanks to all our Friends and especially my fellow board members as I say "see you later” in April.  The past three years as President has been rewarding as we have built community, worked in the dirt, faced challenges and stuck together to benefit our lovely park, Harrington Beach!

See you around the park!

Nancy 

Upcoming Fall Events!

HH Facebook 1200X900With autumn in full swing, look what the Friends have coming up this Saturday!  Don’t forget that pets are welcome but not in the shelter unless they are a service dog.  (A tip: put glowing lights collar on them for visibility. Keep them on a leash not longer than 6ft.)

Check back often for cancellation due to wet, soggy conditions. We don’t anticipate this but with rain coming Thursday through Saturday, we want you to be prepared. See you at the park!



Fall Harvest Hike

October 12, 2019 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for food, music and a hike around the park. The Friends will offer soups, chili, hot dogs and dessert treats as well as hot beverages at the Ansay Welcome Center. Some Assembly Required acoustic folk band will be joining us to provide an evening of fun, fantastic music from 6:30 until 8:30pm. All vehicles required to purchase an admittance fee to enter the park. Alternate parking provided at the upper Puckett's Pond lot. Don't forget your flashlights!


Observatory Viewing

October 12, 2019 • 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join the Northern Cross Science Foundation for an evening of star gazing. The Plunket's Observatory holds the 20" Panarusky telescope and is located by Puckett's Pond shelter.