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Volunteers needed for Project Parkway

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Blue Ridge Parkway will get campgrounds and picnic areas ready for spring opening on Saturday

The National Park Service will hold its second annual Project Parkway on April 27, and volunteers are needed.

This single-day, park-wide volunteer project will help complete much-needed work across the Blue Ridge Parkway and is ideal for people interested in learning more about the national park through hands-on service. Parkway neighbors, volunteers and enthusiasts will work alongside staff and partners to prepare the parkway’s campgrounds and several picnic areas for opening this spring.

Work sites close to the Twin Counties include Rocky Knob Campground (milepost 167.1) in Virginia, near Floyd and Meadows of Dan; and Doughton Park Campground (milepost 239.2) in North Carolina, near Sparta and Wilkesboro.

Each location will provide tasks appropriate for a wide range of skills and ages, including students, scout troops, civic organizations, visitors, families and retirees. Projects may be anything from leaf blowing and limb clearing to painting or basic trail work. Tools and safe ty gear, including gloves and high visibility safety vests, will be provided.

Volunteer projects will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon at most locations.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring a lunch and stay for some fellowship with other volunteers and park staff following the work day.

“This event is the culmination of National Park Week. Last year, over 200 participants came out to help the Parkway during this event. It is this type of incredible support that allows us to go the extra mile to be ready for the season ahead,” said park Superintendent J.D. Lee. “We are excited to meet even more volunteers this year and are proud to have the support of Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation in this endeavor.”

Those interested in participating can contact Project Manager Ethan Crump at BLRI_Volunteers@nps.gov or (828) 348-3419.