June/July Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

June/July 2017

Friends of Huntington Beach


June / July 2017


Please Welcome

Please welcome new members Gayle Dunlop, Sharon Kistemaker and Kathe Lovene.  If you see them in the Park please give them a hearty welcome and help them find their way around the many Park locations.

President’s Corner

It was great to see so many of you at our All Members Meeting on June 14, 2017.  There is no better way to celebrate our country’s Flag Day than with a Friends picnic!  Thanks to all of you who brought yummy salads and desserts to share.  Also a big shout of thanks to Dale and Charlie West for picking up the Fried Chicken and Macaroni & Cheese for all of us!

The business part of our annual all members meeting was to finalize our annual election results.  Charlie West was reelected as our Treasurer.  Laurie Johnston was reelected as our Secretary.  Present board members, Sandra Barnes, Ron Hartman and Janet Thomas were reelected to another 2 year term.  Our new elected board members are Emma Nodine and Steve Riddle and they will each also serve a two-year term. 

At the All Members Meeting / Picnic we said thank you to Jim Dankosky and Mike Pulliam for their service on the Board and their dedication to the Park.  Both will continue to be a part of the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  Thanks to you both and Jim’s wife Carol and Mike’s wife Kay for your tireless efforts to make our Friends organization the best!


Sally Kelly

Recording Your Volunteer Hours

Board member Janet Thomas reminds all of us of the importance of recording our volunteer hours for the Park’s records.  The Friends organization tracks all of our volunteer hours and so does the ParkThe Park uses thenumber of volunteer hours completed to help them obtain grants (when needed) and to help the State see how strong the Park is supported in our community. 

Recently the volunteer sign-in (log) sheet at Atalaya was moved to the white TV center cabinet.  The log-in sheet is slightly camouflaged because we have been experiencing visitors signing into the sheet in error.  There is also volunteer sign-in sheet under the stair at the restroom near Park Shelter # 1 by the South Entrance to the beach.  Please be sure to log your logs.

You can also email Janet Thomas your volunteer hours before the end of each month at fjthomas1@yahoo.com.

Don’t forget the Handy Volunteers will meet (weather permitting) at 9:00 a.m. on June 21, 2017 to paint the Bathroom located in the Campground.

Park News

During our June 2017, monthly board meeting,Brenda Magers, Manager of the Huntington Beach State Park updated us on some of projects happening at the Park.  Here is a short summary of some of the projects.

As previously reported, the Oyster Landing work has been completed.  Oyster Landingis open from 6:00 am until dusk.  The sign states until 10:00 pm but it is really only open during daylight hours.

Memorial Day attendance in the Park was the largest ever.  The Park staff expects attendance in the Park for the 4th of July to be as large or even larger.  Building of the South Campground reduces the overflow parking area that has been available in years past.  As a result, when the Park reaches capacity the gates to the Park will be closed on the 4th

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website www.friendshbsp.com

Save the Dates

Solar Eclipse Viewing From the Beach

The event will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on August 21, 2017.  Join the Park staff on the beach in front of the gift shop for the experience of a lifetime at 2:45 p.m.  Learn how solar eclipses occur and how to experience this one safely. The sun will all but disappear for almost 2 minutes.  Bring your solar eclipse glasses or purchase a pair at the Park gift shop.

 The 42nd Annual Arts & Craft Festival

This annual event is hosted annually September 22 – 24, 2017 (Friday – Sunday) by the Park.  Over 100 craftsmen and artists will be at this annual event. 


There will not be a newsletter for the month of July 2017.  See you in the Park