February Newsletter

News from Friends of Huntington Beach State Park

February 2021

  • President’s Corner

It certainly was an unusual rainy cold January.  I for one am glad to see the month of February start with the promise of better weather and the hope of being able to do things outdoors.  January tends to be a “quiet” time in the Park but, rest assured the Friends organization and the Park staff members are hard at work on upcoming events and ways to raise funds.

I can report to you that we have several small scale things on the horizon.  First, is thanks to all of you who answered the call to become roving docents.  Interpretive Ranger Mike Walker held a training session and he has several members ready to get out there and talk to small family groups or individuals on Atalaya.  If there are any of you out there that are still interested please get in touch with Mike.

Thanks to the generosity of all of you the Friends are working with the Park to fund 3 new picnic tables in the playground area.  If the tables are not installed by the time you read this newsletter they will be shortly.  Two of the tables will have 3 seats with space to accommodate children will disabilities and one table will have 4 seats.  We can’t wait to see them!

Our annual 3 in 1 Day Celebration will take place as always on March 10, 2021.  It will look quite different this year in order to continue to keep everyone safe.  As many of you may recall last year’s event was the last event the Friends were able to hold due to COVID-19.  Everything virtually shut down on March 17, 2020.   This year, 2021 Mike Walker has set up news coverage so that people who can’t attend can view Atalaya on WPDE with Amanda Kinseth.  The roving docents will be out talking to guests and the Friends are working on several small scale things to keep the Huntington’s tradition of celebrating their mutual birthdays and wedding anniversary alive. Admission to Atalaya will be waived on March 10, 2021 however the Friends will be collecting donations to help us continue our support of projects in the Park.

Thanks for all you do to help support Huntington Beach State Park!

Your President,

Carol Dankosky


  • New Members

Welcome to our new members Kate and Steve Kelley.  Thanks for joining us. 


  • Help Cleaning Atalaya

Ranger Matt Coleman is organizing a clean-up of Atalaya March 8th @ 9:00 am. Volunteers are needed.

If you have any questions or are interested in helping on this day please email Matt at mcoleman@scprt.com  or call the Park at 843-237-4440. 

P.S. Everyone – if you do volunteer don’t forget to email Pete Murray (murraypc206@gmail.com)with your volunteer hours.


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

Thanks everyone for continuing to use Amazon Smile app for your Amazon purchases.  Our Vice President / Treasurer Jeri Reuss reported that we earned $49.57 in 2020 from purchases made using Amazon Smile.  Let’s try to double that in 2021!

If you have forgotten about Amazon Smile here is the information again.  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!  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 www.friendshbsp.com

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.  Did you see the picture of the great turtle cookies made by Ranger Brian Shealy on our Facebook page? Awesome job, Brian!!!