Point au Roche continues field day tradition

"The town of Beekmantown really wanted to put [the park] back on the tax rolls," explained member Helen Booth. "I happened to be at one of the legislative meetings when that came up."

Having heard no prior word of the potential closing of the park, Booth interrupted the legislative meeting and postponed the vote.

"I got on the phone and I called the Adirondack Mountain Club and I called all the environmental groups I could think of," Booth recalled. "And, at the next legislative meeting, there was quite a lot of people there and we convinced them that it shouldn't be sold."

"We needed a park, the green space," she added. "So, that was the beginning of what started the whole thing."

The Friends began to help support the park for the things the state couldn't pay for.

"It was to be the 'fundraiser' arm of the state park," Booth said. "There are so many things the state couldn't afford to do, or weren't able to do."

Today the Friends are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides educational and recreational activities and programs to the public as well well as administering grants for the park and coordinating volunteer efforts.

For more information about the park or to become a member of Friends of Point au Roche State Park, call 563-0369 or e-mail contact @friendsofpointauroche.org

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