News from the Park

November News Update

Written by Rhondella Morgan

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

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.

Volunteer Opportunities: Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? Check out the following list and email us at to learn more.

  •          Bake bars or cookies to donate for the February 7, 2015 Candlelight Hike
  •          Help grill hot dogs and serve chili
  •          Help heat and serve Hot Chocolate, Coffee and Hot Apple Cider
  •          Help setup and/or take down Tikki Torches for the hikes
  •          In the summer, it is fun to work three hour shifts in the concession stand. You can work one time the whole summer or as many shifts as you want.
  •          Help with the cabin construction.
  •          Share ideas of your own!

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!