Preparations for the 2019 Walk for Glendalough are in full motion. Mark your calendars to spend a portion of Saturday, April 20 in Glendalough State Park. After dealing with frigid temperatures this winter, the event will be a great way to work out the kinks as the park readies for summer!

Whether you walk, hike or bike ride along Glendalough’s many trails, or simply experience the heritage of Glendalough over conversation with friends, you can rest assured that celebrating Earth Day in the park never disappoints – no matter the weather!

The event runs from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Please register anytime in the historic Lodge. Walk T-shirts will be provided at the registration table for each donation of $50. Coffee and donuts will be available in the Trail Center during the morning.  Lunch will be served at noon followed by awards, door prizes, and brief updates about exciting park developments; including progress on the new Trail Center and the Sunset Lake Trail segment.

If you would like to raise pledges for Walk 2019 and vie for some great prizes, pledge forms will be available at Everts Lumber, Spruce, Lakes Area Community Center, Battle Lake Public School, the Glendalough State Park office, and via email at Glendaloughparkpartners@gmail.com. To encourage conservation stewardship among area youth the park will recognize kids that raise pledges for the walk.

If you cannot attend the walk, you may contribute to the fundraiser by sending a donation to: Glendalough Park Partners, P.O. Box 901, Battle Lake, MN 56515, and we will send you a T-shirt.

Nearly $300,000 has been raised over the years, and the list of projects made possible by your generosity is impressive including Historic Lodge renovation, Trail Center renovation, modernized restrooms, Molly Stark picnic shelter, Annie Creek Bridge, hiking trail boardwalk, prairie flower transplants, prairie grassland restoration, park entrance sign, wildlife blinds, camper cabin electricity, interpretive equipment, interpretive projects, naturalist intern, amphitheater seating, lodge furniture, lodge fireplace, Glendalough art, defibrillators, pedestal grills, canoes, canoe racks, bike trail interpretation, bike fix-it stations, bike racks, trail signage, fishing equipment, archery equipment and trail crossing flashers.

Help continue this great tradition on April 20. One thing is sure; you’ll have a great time as the park continues to celebrate Glendalough!  For more information, contact 2019 Walk organizer Tracy Kortlever at Glendaloughparkpartners@gmail.com.

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