September Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

September 2020

  • New Members

No new members in August 2020.

  • President’s Corner

A year ago this time we were all talking about Hurricane Dorian.  After causing devastation in the Bahamas / Caribbean the storm came to our area September 4-5, 2019.  Wind and rain!  Also, last year at this time we were planning our support for the Park’s 44th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival.  What are we talking about this September in our area?  Not a whole lot!  One thing we are still talking about our visit from Isaias.  This non-gender specific named storm destroyed most of our beloved turtle nests and made a mess of the causeway again.  And did you know we are up to the letter “O” for named storms this year?  Let hope we are not talking about anymore storms here or anywhere this year! 

Another thing we are talking about this month is the Nature Center. Park Manager Brenda Magers advised us in our board meeting this week that a “soft” opening of the Nature Center is scheduled for September 15th and a small ribbon cutting ceremony will follow later in the month.  Check out Huntington Beach State Park’s webpage or Facebook page for exact information.  We will also post information on the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park’s Facebook page once we are notified.  Right now the Park staff is working hard to complete the finishing touches and put in safe social distancing procedures.  If you do go over to the Nature Center once it is open be sure to wear your facemask and practice all safety precautions.

We hope you and your families have a safe Labor Day.  For me Labor Day always marks the end of summer and the beginning of wonderful fall activities.  We are lucky to live in the South where we will still experience warm sunny days.  Enjoy!

Your President,

Carol Dankosky

  • Volunteer Opportunities

In our August Newsletter we put out a call to our members to become leads on various projects that the Friends’ partners with the Park.  Member Bob Checkaneck has stepped up to the challenge to lead the Atalaya Preservation team.  Bob reported to us that he is working with Interpretive Ranger Mike Walker to define the volunteer opportunities at Atalaya.  Since no tours can be scheduled inside Atalaya, Mike has developed a “Roving Interpreter” program.  Bob has all the details for the program and has been “test driving” the program.  If you would like to join in this initiative please contact Bob at or Mike Walker at

We are also going to try and get our Handi-Vol volunteer work up and running again this month.  Rangers Brandon Bowers and Matt Coleman are going to compile an ongoing list of projects that we can help the Park complete.  Once we receive the lists we will send an email to all and post the information on our Facebook page.

  • “What Have the Friends Done Lately?”

The Friends organization tracks all the purchasing, funding and volunteering activities that we complete.  Usually a review of these activities is verbally presented at our Annual All Members Picnic and then posted in a picture frame in the Visitor Center for everyone to see.  Since we were not able to hold our all members picnic this year we are going to post just a few of our accomplishments here for you to read.  A more complete list will be in the picture frame at the Visitor Center shortly.  Thank you for your support for each of these activities!  We can’t do it without you!


-      Geraniums and supplies for the Atalaya walkway flower boxes

-      The 2019 Arts & Crafts Festival t-shirts

-      Concrete for walkways around the new playground

-      Benches and picnic tables for The Nature Center

Volunteered for:

-      Atalaya Tours

-      Alligator Tours

-      Beach Cleanup and turtle nest identification

-      Atalaya Sleepover, Arts & Crafts Festival, and Fall Festival/Haunted Castle Event

-      Gator Gaunlet 5K run and 1 mile fun walk in 2019

Please note no tours or activities are going on right now in the Park.

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

Thanks everyone for continuing to select the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park as your charitable organization when shopping with Amazon!  Now that we have canceled our major fund raising activities for 2020 and are uncertain of what future fund raising activities will look like it is more important now than ever to use Smile. 

Remember 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 Amazon however; 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!  We need your monetary support now more ever.

  • 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 Friends organization or a donation specifically to 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 the Playground Fund and mail to the following address:

Friends of HBSP
PO Box 137
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

  • Our Facebook Page

Please join our Facebook page: Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.