Karen Kratz

Photo Contest Winners Announced

The first annual Photography Contest wrapped up on November 9th. There were only a handful of contributors, but the photos they submitted were all very good. Voting was done on FRARO’s Facebook page, Facebook users voted for their favorite photos by giving a “Like” to one photo from each category. The awards go to:

SCENIC Karen Kratz

Karen Kratz 


Wildlife Karen Kratz

Karen Kratz (Best in Show)


People in the Park Aaron Harmon

People in the Park
Aaron Harmon


Macro Karen Kratz

Karen Kratz


New Fire Pit’s First Burn

A little rain did not dampen the spirits of FRARO members and park staff at the First Burn event held behind the park’s Visitor Center. As a matter of fact, we were treated to a double rainbow at our first burn in the brand new six-foot fire ring which was installed by volunteers and park staff with funds raised by FRARO. This larger-than-life six-foot ring was the brain child of park superintendent, Jeff Davidson. It was the first project he asked FRARO to assist in securing.

With state approved plans for only three-foot fire rings, new plans had to be created in order to calculate the amount of cement, sand and bricks that would be needed for the project.

In the photos you can also see a few of the new park benches that were sponsored through FRARO’s Bench Sponsorship Project. There will be four more benches placed around the fire pit, with other benches going to designated spots on trails where hikers can rest.

Thanks to all the park staff and volunteers who helped make this possible. Be on the lookout for several programs being planned which will utilize this new attraction at the park!

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