February Newsletter


News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

March 2020

  • New Members

 Please welcome Robert (Bob) Ciminel.  Thanks for joining us!

  •  President’s Corner

We are ready for our annual 3 in 1 Day Celebration at Atalaya!  The celebration will take place at Atalaya on Tuesday, March 10th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  Admission is $5.00 (plus Park admission if needed).  Children under 6 years of age are free.

Bryan Rapp, Director of the Master Sculpture Program at Brookgreen Gardens will be our special guest.  There will be house tours of Atalaya, a visit from Angus, descendant of the Huntington’s Scottish Deer hounds, refreshments and a prize drawing.  Please join us as a patron at this annual event! 

This past Wednesday (March 4, 2020) the Board met for our monthly meeting.  One topic of discussion at our meeting was our annual election of officers that takes place each May.  Each officer and board member serves a two-year term.  This year, along with several board member positions the positions of President and Vice President will be up for election.  I have decided not to seek another term as your President, but will continue to serve on the Board and continue as the website master for our website.  Our Vice President, Karen Korszeniewski has also decided to not seek re-election as Vice President.  She will also continue to serve the Friends organization as a board member.

Serving as your President and Vice President were not positions that we took lightly.  The decisions to not serve as officers again were also not taken lightly.  Both of us love the Park and are proud of the accomplishments that we have helped lead for the benefit of Huntington Beach State Park.  To that extent, we are happy to continue to serve as board members and let others take the lead for our organization.  Two current board members have agreed to run for the positions of president and vice president.  Carol Dankosky will run for the position of President and Jeri Reuss will run for the position of Vice President.  The Board is in process of seeking candidates to fill open board member positions.  If you are interested in serving on the board please contact me at sbarnes93@ymail.com for details and responsibilities.  The board meets at 9:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. 

Won’t you consider serving?

Thank you for all you do to support Huntington Beach State Park!

 Your President,

Sandra Barnes


  • Park Update

Huntington Beach State Park Manager Brenda Magers and her team are getting very excited that the Nature Center building is nearing completion!  A “walk thru” of the building construction will be completed very soon and then work on the interior and the displays can start in earnest.  The Friends organization has already provided some of our earmarked funds to contractors to develop the displays.  Now the Park is ready to purchase the turtle aquariums, reptile displays, etc.  The Friends organization will provide our earmarked funds for these displays, along with other materials needed for the Nature Center.  Stay tune for more information as to when the Nature Center will be open!  We too are excited! 

Brenda and her staff are also very excited about the progress made on the Children’s Playground.  With the money we have raised from our special events and your donations, we were able to fund the concrete sidewalks and curbing work that is in progress at the playground.  Now that the Nature Center building construction is in its final phase and the money that the Friends’ organization has raised for the displays will be used, we are shifting our fund raising towards the Children’s Playground.  If you have been to Savannah’s Playground at Market Common you are familiar with the rubberized matting and the large permanent shade umbrellas that are in place.  Both items are very expensive and we can’t get there in a day with our donations and fund raising but we think both are awesome items to have for the children and families using the playground at Huntington Beach State Park.  Our website will be updated so that you, your family, and friends can easily make donations that will be directed to the Children’s Playground.


  • Second Reminder - Help Cleaning Atalaya

Please join members of the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to clean up Atalaya in preparation for the 3 in 1 Day event being held on March 10th.

If you can come, please bring your broom and dustpan. If you have any questions please contact Karen Korszeniewski at 843-650-6666.

  • Gator Gauntlet 2020

Huntington Beach State Park is in need of volunteers for our Gator Gauntlet 5K and 1 mile Kid’s Fun Run coming up April 4, 2020. We are looking for volunteers to help with gator-themed games for the Kid’s Fun Run on the straight road and set up in different race locations to direct participants for the Gator Gauntlet 5K. We are in need of 18 volunteers. We currently have 6 signed up. If you could please contact Kalen Simpson at ksimpson@scprt.com or (843)237-4440 to sign up to volunteer. 

Thanks so much for everything you do!

Kalen M. Simpson

Ranger II, Huntington Beach State Park

South Carolina Department of Park, Recreation & Tourism

16148 Ocean Highway

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576


  • 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 smile.amazon.com, 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 smile.amazon.com 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 westdale@sccoast.net

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

While the amounts seem small when you make your purchases through Amazon Smile they do add up for the Friends of Huntington Beach State Park.  We have already received several dollars from your purchases! 

  • The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park Website

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

Children’s 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 3019
Murrells Inlet, SC 29576