Friends of South Shore Park Update + May 14 Potluck

May 1, 2015

At our monthly meeting in March, members of the South Shore Park Watch decided to update our name to the Friends of South Shore Park. The core mission of our volunteer, nonprofit organization remains unchanged as we continue to promote the preservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of South Shore Park. We work to share our mission by various means, including educational, recreational, and community events at the park.

Established in 1996, we are proud to recognize the accomplishments of South Shore Park Watch, including advocating reconstruction of the breakwater and Oak Leaf Trail, hosting National Night Out events, rain garden and native plant restoration work, beach cleanups, and regular support for the farmers market and annual plant sale at the park.

On April 23, we hosted our 16th annual Earth Day education event, which featured a series of environmental education sessions. Each year it is attended by several hundred students from our community.

Looking ahead, we are advocating for the improvements included in the current South Shore Park master plan effort. Our main focus is to see significant improvement in water quality at the beach. A key component for improved water quality is the proposed parking lot reconstruction.

We will continue with beach monitoring and cleanups this year under the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Adopt-a-Beach program.

We look forward to engaging more members who value South Shore Park as a community resource. Anyone interested in connecting with our group can attend one of our regular meetings, normally the second Thursday of each month at 7pm at the South Shore Park Pavilion. Please visit our website or our Facebook page for more details. We can also be reached by email at friendsofsouthshorepark@gmail.com.

We are excited to introduce the Friends of South Shore Park to both new and established residents of the Bay View community.

Please join us for a Potluck Social at 6pm, Thursday, May 14 at South Shore Park Pavilion. Those who can attend are asked to bring a dish to share. Beverages and tableware will be provided. Please join us for a fun evening!

Cary Solberg
Friends of South Shore Park Board Member

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