SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Throughout the next two weeks, West Virginia state parks will offer opportunities for residents and visitors to take part in the Day to Serve initiative. Last month, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked all West Virginians to volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29. This is the second year West Virginia has been part of a regional effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.
“This is a chance for people to lend a hand with state parks projects and to help others in need,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger. “As a whole, the state park system is a public service that enhances our quality of life through outdoor recreation, preservation and public service.”
Opportunities to serve at state parks between now and Sept. 29 include:
• Sept. 16-29 – Beech Fork State Park
will accept donations of new and clean, gently used bath towels and wash cloths and take them to the Huntington City Mission.
• Sept. 20 - Clean Up Cacapon Lake at Cacapon Resort State Park
: volunteers will clean up trash and do general maintenance around the lake.
• Sept. 21 - Cacapon Resort State Park
: Restore the Piney Ridge Trail with volunteers helping record missing interpretative data from the trail as well as clean up.
• Sept. 21 - Blackwater Falls State Park
will sponsor its Trail Monitoring & Litter Patrol. Volunteers will receive park maps, trail assignments and equipment for gathering and disposing of trash along the park’s trails. They also will identify trail needs for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.
• Sept. 26 – Blackwater Falls State Park
will sponsor its Litter Patrol. Volunteers will clean up litter around Pendleton Lake and in the picnic areas and clean grills. Small trash bags and rubber gloves supplied.
• Sept. 28 – Biking Skills Course Maintenance Day: Twin Falls State Park
will be offering opportunities for volunteers to build or maintain mountain biking trails.
For more information about Day to Serve in West Virginia, visit governor.wv.gov
Sissie Summers, West Virginia State Parks