Newsletter June '23

Pond Edge Trash Clean Up

By Bryan Mey

We are thrilled to share the success of our recent clean-up event at Lums Pond! Spearheaded by director Chriss Funcheon, this gathering brought together our passionate community to restore the pond’s natural beauty and preserve its serenity.

Equipped with paddles, life vests, and a shared purpose, our dedicated volunteers embarked on a mission to remove trash and fishing lines from the water. As they ventured onto the calm waters of the pond, they encountered not only the expected fishing lines but also a fascinating array of lost items, including approximately 15 hats!

Thanks to the unwavering efforts of our attendees, the pond’s aesthetic appeal was restored, and its inhabitants were protected. By cutting down tangled fishing lines from trees and clearing away debris, we ensured a safer environment for the wildlife that calls the pond home.

Beyond the successful clean-up, the event fostered a sense of community and camaraderie among our participants. Newcomers and long-time supporters alike came together, forming lasting connections and potentially finding new paddle buddies. We are proud to see our Friends of Lums Pond community grow stronger through these shared experiences.

This accomplishment serves as a reminder of the power of collective action and our organization’s commitment to responsible stewardship. By actively engaging in conservation efforts, we set an inspiring example for others to follow. Together, we can protect and preserve the natural wonders that surround us.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all who attended the clean-up event at Lums Pond State Park. Your dedication and hard work made a tangible difference and contributed to the ongoing success of our mission. We look forward to future events and the opportunity to continue working together in preserving the beauty of our beloved Lums Pond. Paddle on!

Superintendent’s Corner

By Lisa Mchugh, Superintendent of Lums Pond State Park

  • Lums Pond welcomed Beth Daliessio to the team as the new Assistant Superintendent and started on May 8. Beth is no stranger to the park as she spent many years of her parks career here in various seasonal positions.

  • Park is fully staffed with summer help and fee booth is staffed daily as well.

  • Boathouse is open 7 days a week now.

  • The park hosted a few large events recently:

    • Mainly Marathons event on 5/31 with approximately 175 participants.
    • Bear Triathlon on 5/14 with approximately 700 participants.
    • Annual Youth Fishing Tournament hosted by Fish & Wildlife at the dog park.

Group Hike

By Friends of Lums Pond

We hope this message finds you in high spirits, ready to embark on another exciting adventure in the great outdoors. The summer season has arrived, and what better way to embrace it than with a delightful hike at our beloved LumsPond State Park?

Join us for a rejuvenating 1-2 mile hike through the picturesque trails that wind their way around the pond and park. This is a fantastic opportunity to connect with fellow nature enthusiasts, share stories, and create lasting memories together.

Event Details:

🗓 Date: Saturday, July 8th

⏰ Time: 10:00 am

📍 Location: Area One in front of the bath house

As always, we want you to have a safe and comfortable experience, so please remember to dress appropriately for the weather. The summer sun can be intense, so don’t forget tobring sunscreen to protect your skin. Additionally, we recommend bringing bug spray to keep those pesky critters at bay.

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or new to the trails, our welcoming group will ensure you have a fantastic time. Solace up your hiking boots, grab your water bottle, and get ready for an enjoyable day of exploration!

We look forward to seeing you on July 8th at 10:00 AM, ready to immerse yourself in the wonders of Lums Pond State Park. Let’s make this hike an unforgettable experience together!