People love their parks! According to the Virginia State Parks Director of Volunteerism, Gaston Rouse, a record number of people attended the Friends of Westmoreland State Park organizational meeting. People at the meeting expressed a great interest in becoming involved with the new “Friends Group."* Park Manager Ken Benson explained what is involved in the process and mentioned some of the projects he thought might interest the group. Ideas included restoring the Civilian Conservation Corps fountain located on the main park road and developing new events to help support educational programs.
The group will be meeting again in March (the date will be announced later) to elect the Board of Directors and make plans for the future. Community involvement is key to having one of the best state parks in the nation. We, the staff at Westmoreland are very excited about the new “Friends Group” and look forward to working together.
*The purpose of a Friends Groups, also known as a Citizens Support Group (CSO) is to help create a strong connection between the park and the community. This relationship benefits the citizens that not only visit the park but those have businesses and homes in the area.