Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Spring cleaning is a rite of the season as we spruce up homes and yards to rid ourselves of the vestiges and winter and welcome the blossoming of nature. Across New York State, volunteers are coming out to spruce up the state parks that welcome thousands of visitors throughout the year. The Friends of Thirty Mile Point Lighthouse are kicking off preparations for the tourist season with “I Love My Park Day” at Golden Hill State Park.
The statewide I Love My Park Day is organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and local Friends groups. The event debuted in 2012 with about 40 parks and sites participating, and doubled to more than 80 in 2013. Organizers are hoping for another successful year. Their goal is to celebrate and enhance New York’s parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs by inviting volunteers to participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events. Volunteers across the state will be cleaning up park lands and beaches, planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species and working on various site improvement projects.
Friends groups and volunteers are more important than ever to keep parks beautiful, clean and welcoming for all to visit and enjoy and the 30 Mile Point Lighthouse Friends have an ambitious day of activities planned. Volunteers can choose from three projects, all held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 and should meet at the lighthouse by 9:45 a.m. for assignments.
The first project of the day is a lighthouse beautification project, when volunteers will tidy up the flower beds, spread mulch, stain deck areas and help with other small painting projects. All ages are welcome, and are asked to bring gloves, water, snack and appropriate clothing.