Farragut State Park is blessed with many volunteers that make running the park a bunch easier. Yesterday, in celebration of "Pioneer Day," a significant holiday for the LDS church, over 1000 volunteers turned Farragut into an anthill of industrious people. In celebration of Pioneer Day, July 24, both the Coeur d'Alene and Hayden Lake stakes of the church joined to do public service, and boy howdy did they ever.
There were over two hundred working at the Brig Museum. some inside with paint brushes, rollers and spray guns. Others, outside, installed a cobble stone walk way from the brig to the entrance of the flag pavilion.
Even more, groups of several hundred, mucked through underbrush, clearing overgrown trails and rebuilding several eroded trails along the shoreline. Regardless of one's religious affiliation, if any, you have give them a big cheer for the hard work they put in. work that with the state budget in tatters, the park couldn't have afforded to do themselves. Asked what all of the donated equipment and labor was worth in money, he replied, "probably more than $70,000." Now, that's being neighborly.
Photo by Taryn Hecker Thonpson.
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