December Newsletter


News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

December 2019

  • New Members

Please welcome new member Crissi Simons.  Crissi was already hard at work in the Park painting in Atalaya before joining our Friends group.  Thanks for joining our group and helping to support our work in the Park!

  •  President’s Corner

Happy Holidays to you and your families!

As you are reading this Newsletter our 9thannual Atalaya Holiday Celebration is now a thing of the past.  What a wonderful event we had this past Saturday!  Thanks to all the volunteers and Park staff who made it our best holiday event ever.  I would like to extend a special thanks to Carol Dankosky and Jeri Reuss for all their hard work coordinating this event once more!  We could not have done it without you ladies!  The weather was perfect and the crowds were many.  Our February 2020 Newsletter will detail the profits that will now be directed to the Playground fund. Stay tuned.

We are still accepting donations for the Nature Center exhibits but we have started directingfunds to the playground initiative so that money will be available in the spring to complete some of those projects.  

Again Happy Holidays and a Happy, Healthy 2020 New Year to all of you!

Your President, 

Sandra Barnes

  • Park Update

Park Manager Brenda Magers advised us this past week that the Park is starting to get into what they called the “winter mode”.  The Park staff will be attending training and preparing the Park for the winter weather.  If you drive over the Causeway in the coming weeks you may see work in progress (weather permitting of course) on the outlook rooftops as one of the many projects they are undertaking.

  • South Carolina Park Annual Park Price Increase

Brenda Magers also advised us that the prices of SC Park day passes and annual South Carolina Park passes will go up effective January 1, 2020.  If you are a member of our Friends of Huntington Beach State Park and only use the Park decal provided too you as a part of your annual membership this increase does not pertain to you.  However, if you also purchase the South Carolina Park annual pass you may want to consider renewing before January 1, 2020.

Right now the South Carolina Parks is offering 12-days-of deals.  If an annual Park pass is purchased online on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 a 20% discount be applied.  Again, this is for online purchases only.  Check out the information on their website.  Here is the link:

  • Docents Needed for Atalaya

If you are interested in learning to be a docent in Atalaya please contact Interpretive Ranger Mike Walker at

  • Best of South Carolina State Parks

Below is a special message from Senior Ranger Carley Karpinski.

The South Carolina Park Service is hosting their first annual "Best of South Carolina State Parks" this year. There are multiple categories that various parks have been nominated for by the Ultimate Outsider participants. Huntington Beach has been nominated for 8 different categories and of course we would love to be considered for the Best Overall Park! 

Please consider filling out the survey to support Huntington Beach!

You can fill out the survey by going to the following link: 

Voting will last through January 10th. 

Thank you for all you do and for supporting Huntington Beach!!

  • Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Holiday Party

Don’t Forget our holiday party will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. in Atalaya.  If you haven’t advised Carol Dankosky of your attendance please do so no later than December 10, 2019.  She can be reached via her email at or via telephone t 832-650-2295.

  • Seeking Board Members

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park is seeking new board members.  If you are interested in serving on the board please contact Sandra Barnes at for details and responsibilities.  The board meets at 9:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month.  Won’t you consider serving?

  • Use Amazon Smile for Donations to the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

Use our charity donation account on Amazon Smile for all your Amazon purchases.  Amazon allows purchasers to support causes they care about.  With qualifying purchases via, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the charitable organization you designate.  Our organization is listed as Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  

Amazon Smile is the same as Amazonhowever; you must sign into in order for charitable donations to be made on qualifying purchases.  If you have already designated a charitable organization on Amazon Smile you can change it.  Please choose us!  If you have any questions please contact Charlie West at

Remember you must log into your Amazon account using in order the donation to be made to our accounts.  

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

Please be sure to bookmark on your computer or tablet our website

If you would like to make a monetary online donation to the Nature Center Building Fund or the Playground fund click on the Donation Tab on the far right at the top of any of our website pages or you can click on the underlined Heading (that will take you to the page for the Friends PayPal account).

If you wish to mail in a donation, please make the check out to the Nature Center Rebuilding Fund or the Playground Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 3019
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • January 2020 Newsletter

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park will not publish a January 2020 Newsletter as it is a somewhat quiet time in the Park.  Stay tuned for a February 2020 Newsletter with details about the annual March “Three in One Day Celebration” at Atalaya.