Buxton – The Friends of the Stub Stewart State Park & Banks-Vernonia Rails to Trails will hold an open house at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park on April 8th from 10 am to 2 pm, in an effort to inform community members about volunteer opportunities at the L.L. Stub Stewart State Park and Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
According to a press release issued by the organization, the event will be held at the Discovery Depot Interpretive Center and Store, and will showcase a variety of volunteer opportunities available at Stub Stewart State Park and the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, ranging from greeting visitors to trail work and leading hikes and trail rides.
L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is located at 30380 NW Hwy 47, Buxton, OR 97109. Parking is free at the welcome center on April 8th.
According to Marsha Kirk, treasurer of the organization, “the Friends of Stub Stewart State Park and Banks-Vernonia Rails to Trails began in 1991 with a handful of neighbors who wanted to preserve an old abandon railroad line and make it a scenic trail for use by hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. It became the first Rails to Trails project in the State of Oregon, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. As Oregon State Parks decided to build the state’s first State Park in 20 years, L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, the friends and neighbors embraced the project and became the Friends Group for both parks.”
Sources and more information:
Press release issued by the Friends