Department of Parks
Park Day Is April 2 at Perryville Battlefield
PERRYVILLE, Ky. -- Almost 150 years after the first shots of the Civil War were fired, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America’s storied battlegrounds – only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint brushes, trash bags and weed whackers.
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site in Boyle County will be part of this effort on April 2, 2011. Volunteers are asked to arrive between 8-9 a.m. at Civil War Hall.
History buffs and preservationists from around the country are teaming up with the Civil War Trust to help clean and restore America’s priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort – dubbed Park Day – is underwritten with a grant from History™, formerly The History Channel, and has been endorsed by Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The work at Perryville will include repairing and restoring stone fences along Doctor’s Creek, removing old garbage dumps and picking up litter along park roads.
Volunteers should bring gloves, boots, hip waders, long pants, eye protection and stone mason tools.
The park and Friends of Perryville will provide lunch and drinks. All volunteers will receive the CWPT Park Day items, which usually include a T-shirt or patch. Additionally all volunteers will receive a 20 percent discount in The Perryville Battlefield Museum Store and free admission of the Perryville Battlefield Museum.
For more information, call the park at 859-332-8631.
Park Day, now in its 15th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by the Trust to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites. This year, more than 100 sites in 22 states are expected to take part in this effort, with activities ranging from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive T-shirts and learn the site’s history from local experts.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov