FRIDAY FOCUS: Friends of Myrtle Point Park

Myrtle Point Park provides a peaceful water front park, with variety of wildlife, birds and great hiking trails. This week’s Friday Focus features, Friends of Myrtle Point Park, an organization who strives to maintain the historic nature of the park. They sponsor education programs, maintain the parks trails and grounds, lead hikes and more, in order to make it a fun and friendly place to be. In this week’s Friday Focus we caught up with Bob Boxwell, and learned about their dedication to keep the park as an actual park.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

We are a friend of the park group and focus on use of Myrtle Point and helping the county keep the park as a nature park. Myrtle Point Park is located in St. Mary’s County on the Patuxent River near the Chesapeake Bay. The 192 acres was purchased with Maryland Open Space Program funds in 1997. At the time of the purchase, former Governor Parris Glendening said, “Myrtle Point is one of the most significant undeveloped tracts along the Patuxent River. Rich in history and natural resources, public ownership of this area will provide for public access to the river, creation of a park and other recreational opportunities where none currently exist.”

The original fight was the county’s desire to fill the park with soccer fields. Friends of Myrtle Point sponsors education programs in the park for school groups, lead hikes and clean up days. We work to preserve the park as an environmentally friendly place to be and not just a big field.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

My favorite memory is when we had the original victory that allowed the park to become county property. They didn’t want it originally and when they did get it, they tried to make it into a bunch of athletic fields.  Hundreds of people showed up to the hearings to see that this did not happen.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge is the summer season when we have an influx of illegal evening visitors who use the park as their overnight camping/fishing site. They trash the place.

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

We have beach clean-ups throughout the year.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

Join us for clean-ups or contact me at bobboxwell@hotmail.com.

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