Kerr Lake Park Watch wants Kerr Lake to get its share of the Connect NC Bond. The portion of Town Talk on WIZS that discusses spending bond funds on the 7 NC State Recreation Areas runs from minutes 4.5 until 18.5 minutes of the show. You can cue up the Kerr Lake Park Watch part of the show by selecting the minute marks on the orange slide on the show you can find at: https://soundcloud.com/user-96612206/town-talk-031716
PLEASE LISTEN and then write to state parks telling Director Michael Murphy you want a voice in Kerr Lake park improvements and a view of the budget! Write to this email: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy us at email@example.com.
We rarely hear any news about what is going on with NC State Parks out of Raleigh. And now that there is big news like the passage of the Connect NC bond, those of us who ardently support our parks on the shores of the John H. Kerr Reservoir are wondering about the plan for expenditures and improvements on the North Carolina side.
“We’re wondering if there will be opportunity for public input as to what things are needed at the SRA’s (state recreation areas). Historically, NC State Parks have operated in a vacuum passing down already decided policies from Raleigh, said Kerr Lake Park Watch spokesman Frank Timberlake, adding, ” I think I can count on less than one finger the number of press releases or meeting invitations we’ve had from the Division of State Parks in recent years. They’re certainly not famous for seeking public involvement. But mark this, we intend to be involved, visible and vocal on the expenditure of these funds, maybe the last dollars of their type for quite some time.”
Timberlake said that the support group is generally pleased with the passage of the $2 Billion Connect NC bond yesterday. North Carolina’s infrastructure has been crumbling for some time. A big concern is that NC State Parks is that the system has been acquiring more and more land areas without committed development funds.
“Our biggest concern now is how the $100,000,000 will be split up among parks and the state zoo. Larger and more pertinent than that split is determining what amount of bond funds will come to the seven state recreation areas that NC STATE Parks operates on Kerr Lake.
Transparency has not happened as no known groups including Kerr Lake Park Watch have been asked by the Division of State Parks on how the public who use the seven parks think they should be improved,” said Timberlake.
Kerr Lake Park Watch will now start digging through the bureaucracy to find these answers and to bring them out to view for our members and the public.
Staunton River Star Party public viewing night March 12
(SCOTTSBURG) – The public is invited to visit Staunton River State Park for an evening of stargazing on Saturday, March 12, 8 to 11 p.m. Visitors will be able to view a variety of planets, star clusters, and other celestial objects through telescopes. Seasoned astronomers will share information about the night sky.
Staunton River State Park was designated as an International Dark Sky Park in 2015. Staunton River Star Party takes place in the park twice a year, in March and April. Star party participants who have pre-registered will be set up in the observing field near the visitor center.
The park also offers star gazing programs throughout the year.
Visitors should dress for the weather and bring a flashlight, preferably one with a red lens. Red cellophane will be provided to cover flashlights if needed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the “Deep Sky Diner” located in the park bathhouse.
Parking will be at the pool parking lot adjacent to the Visitor Center, in order to keep car headlights off the viewing area. The public viewing night on March 12 is free of charge.
For more information about the event visit www.stauntonriver-starparty.org
Staunton River State Park is located in Halifax County at 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA. For park information you may call 434-572-4623, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For general information or to make overnight reservations at Staunton River or any of Virginia’s 36 award-winning state parks go to www.virginiastateparks.gov or call toll-free 800-933-7275.