SEABROOK-WILSON HOUSE, BAYSHORE WATERFRONT PARK, PORT MONMOUTH - $52,344.01 This project consisted of two exhibit phases: layout and design, and fabrication and installation of exhibits. These exhibits illustrate the history of the house, the Bayshore community, and the ecology of the Bayshore region in four rooms. HARTSHORNE WOODS WAYSIDE EXHIBIT - $5,686 During the World War II era, Hartshorne Woods Park was Battery Lewis. This site was strategic to the nation’s defense on the Atlantic Ocean and Hudson Bay. The Friends have funded wayside exhibits illustrating the historical significance of this site. EMPLOYEE EDUCATION - $3,000 Continuing education is an important component to keeping an organization vital. Six Monmouth County Park System employees were able to attend training seminars for continuing education thanks to Friends restricted funding. MANASQUAN RESERVOIR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT - $5,673.90 The Manasquan Reservoir incurred playground and trail damage from Hurricane Irene. Thanks to the generosity of Saker ShopRites, Inc. and Coca-Cola, the Friends have been able to purchase replacement equipment.
FISHERMAN’S COVE NATIVE PLANTINGS - $254.10 A partnership between the Friends, the Manasquan River Watershed Association, and the Boy Scouts provided the native plantings for Fisherman’s Cove, Manasquan. Funding for the plantings was provided by the Manasquan River Watershed Association through the Friends. The manpower was provided through the Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout project. HISTORIC WALNFORD CHINA -$468.75 Waln family china was recently purchased from a Philadelphia auction house. This china matches broken pieces which were previously discovered in archeological digs on the estate. These intact pieces are a beautiful addition to the Waln home at Historic Walnford.
2011 ANNUAL DISTRIBUTIONS
CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS AND PROGRAMS FOR URBAN YOUTH - $13,200.00 The Friends continue to support the Recreation Assistance Program (RAP) by providing 20 scholarships for children from Monmouth County’s urban communities. These campers are able to participate in week-long summer camps (including door-to-door transportation), summer concerts, boat tours, farm tours, and programs at the Park System’s Coastal Activity Center in Asbury Park. Proceeds from our RAP Appeal support this effort.
HOLIDAY TRIP, DINNER DANCE & DAY AT THE BEACH FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES - $2,338.46 Each year the Friends sponsor the Annual Therapeutic Recreation Formal Dinner Dance at Tatum Park. The group also attended a beach outing and Disney on Ice –Dare to Dream. The Friends paid for admission, refreshments and transportation for participants and chaperons.
VOLUNTEER EVENTS, NATIONAL TRAILS DAY LUNCHEON AND HOLIDAY CARDS - $2,175.15 The Friends are proud to show our appreciation for the volunteers of the Monmouth County Park System. We sponsor the National Trails Day Luncheon on the first Saturday in June, provide dessert at the Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in April, and pay for Thanksgiving cards and postage.
PARK BENCHES AND MEMORIAL DONATIONS - $2,676.65 Deep Cut Gardens and the Henry Hudson Trail have new benches for visitors to enjoy and memorialize a lost a loved one. A memorial donation was made to the commemorative tree at Deep Cut Gardens.