Volunteers will help with cleanup projects at state parks on Saturday

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 May 2023 at 12:14 pm

File photo: This photo taken in October 2016 shows the Drake House Ruins site at Golden Hill State Park in Barker. The sign describes the history of the site.

Volunteers will be out picking up trash and working on other projects at state parks on Saturday as part of “I Love My Park Day.”

Parks & Trails New York leads the state-wide effort at state park and public lands, and calls “the largest single-day volunteer event in NYS.”

Thousands of volunteers will be out to clean up parks and shorelines, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitat, remove invasive species, and work on various site improvement projects, Parks & Trails said in a news release.

Two nearby parks are part of the effort.

At Hamlin Beach State Park volunteers are welcome from 9 a.m. to noon for beack cleanup, cleaning shelters, clean out of the fire place in Area 2, and cleanup at camping areas, the Area 3 garden, and horseshoe pits.

At Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse in Barker, volunteers are welcome form 9 a.m. to noon for garbage pickup and trimming back bushes on hiking trails. They will also paint the historic coal shed and outhouse. Volunteers are will clear brush and mark heirloom roses and gardens at the Drake House site.

For more information on I Love My Park Day, click here.