It has been brought to our attention that some of you are upset about Friends canceling the Cracklin Cooking and Stir the Pot events for 2021 and that the Krewe of Palmetto has recently decided to cancel the Mardi Gras golf cart parade for this month and replace it with a campsite deco contest. We’ve decided to share with you some of the regulations that guided us to make these decisions.
1. In order to be a Friends group affiliated with the park and to conduct events on state property we have a defining cooperative endeavor agreement with Office of State Parks and a facility use agreement for each event which spells out the many ‘hoops’ that a Friends group has to jump through. Top of the list in these agreements is that LA State Parks requires us to carry insurance. This year’s policy now states that we must be in compliance with all local and state health guidelines including those related to Covid 19 and has actually excluded all coverage in regard to the virus.
2. Below you will find just a few of the current LA Governor’s Covid mandates that would apply to our events:
3. Even though all of our events are at the mercy of Mother Nature, we took great consideration into the timing of LA State Park’s cancellation fees. We apologize for the inconvenience or the change in your plans our decision may have caused. We hope that you choose to enjoy Palmetto Island State Park and all that it has to offer.
4. We all know the virus cases have risen throughout the winter holidays and the LA Governor’s actions in the past few months. We are led to believe that it’s not likely he would make adjustments to the phase guidelines that would allow us to host the events without these restrictions. All other organizations are cancelling upcoming similar type events.
Finally...If you consider the list above, you'll see, that it’s not just about keeping you (our guests) safe, we also have a responsibility to our organization and to the volunteers that make these events possible. After considering the open risk of liability to the organization, the additional burden of work and potential positions of confrontation for volunteers along with the added cost to comply with the regulations, Friends feels strongly that we made the right decision for everyone.
We invite you to visit “OpenSafely” at https://opensafely.la.gov and go over the mandated guidelines for yourself. Put your self in our position. If you were a volunteer, would you want to enforce these guidelines? Would you choose to spend donated dollars on compliance that doesn’t really directly benefit the park or it’s visitors? We hope this helps you understand why as volunteers we made this decision and we thank you for your support.
Boy Scout Terrence Decuire is raising money for his Eagle Scout project. He has chosen Palmetto Island State Park to be the recipient of a rope climbing playground (simular to the picture) for older kids. He is selling 20 oz insulated Swamp Gear cups to raise money for the project. Cups sell for $23. They come in a variety of colors and are etched with Palmetto Island State Park on them. See pictures of the cups here. Donations are WELCOME!
January 2021 UPDATE: The playground equipment has been delivered to the park. Terrence has almost reached his fundraising goal necessary to move forward with the installation. If you'd like to help Terrence reach his $700 goal for installation, contact him thru his mom at email@example.com or at 337-319-0708
The splash pad is open Tuesday thru Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed on Mondays for maintenance.