How Friends Help: April Workday at Newport

Coinciding with Earth Day weekend, nearly 30 NWS volunteers gathered at Newport on Saturday, April 24 to work on a variety of spring maintenance projects around the park. Board member Mark Glasser coordinated the work teams and projects, with input and great support from park management.

Volunteers tidied up the buildings and gardens around the Visitors Center and Service Shop; cleared downed trees; attended to maintenance at the beach-area picnic shelter, changing stalls, bbq grills, and fire pits; refreshed the History kiosk; picked up trash along the beach; and worked on a variety of maintenance projects at campsites and along trails.

After lots of hard work, we gathered to enjoy a post-work bbq lunch at the picnic shelter. It was wonderful to connect with old friends and to welcome several new faces to the NWS volunteer team.  Many, many thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and energy to help spruce up our wonderful park!

Photos from the Day
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Refreshing the history kiosk; Julia Keepper
Sweeping out changing stalls; Tom Flatley
Visitors Center gardens; Mary O’Grady
Park entrance
Tree down on Sugarbush Trail; Les Keepper and Brad Quinn
Working at the workshop; Tim West, __, Andy Orf
Tidying up the picnic shelter; Maureen Flatley, Jean Wilde
Picnic area; Jerry and Jean Krebs
Vistors Center; Susan Hoffmann
Visitors Center gardens
Sugarbush trail maintenance; Les Keepper, Brad Quinn
Staining picnic tables; Jean Krebs
Dinghy in the woods? Greg Wilde, Bob Kluge
Dinghy no longer in the woods; Eric Hyde on the bow (photo: Jean Wilde)
Sanding picnic tables
Visitors Center; Helen Kenny (raking); Don Schmitt, Gene Kenny (background, right)
Visitors Center; Laura Schmitt
Park entrance; Leon Hoffmann, Rich Kanas