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Parkway recruits 2022 Project Parkway volunteers

A woman rakes debris into a trash bag held by a park ranger.
A Project Parkway volunteer in 2019 helps park staff clean a fire ring at Julian Price Campground.

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News Release Date: March 23, 2022

Contact: BLRI Public Affairs

National Park Service officials announced today the fourth annual, Project Parkway, will take place on the Blue Ridge Parkway, Saturday, April 23, 2022. This single-day, park-wide volunteer project will help complete much needed work at various locations across the park and is ideal for people interested in learning more about the park through hands-on service. Volunteers will work alongside staff and experienced NPS volunteers to prepare the Parkway's campgrounds and several picnic areas for their spring 2022 opening. 
Work identified for each location offers tasks appropriate for a wide range of skills and ages. Projects may be anything from leaf blowing and limb clearing to leveling tent pads and other maintenance tasks. Tools and safety gear will be provided. Participants are required to wear durable footwear and dress for changing weather conditions. Volunteer projects will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 12:00 p.m. at most locations. 
Safety precautions are being taken to follow CDC guidelines pertaining to COVID-19. All work will be performed outside, and group sizes will be limited. Pre-registration is required. 
This event is the culmination of National Park Week 2022, a special week-long celebration dedicated to raising awareness of our National Parks. In 2021, over 150 participants came out to help the Parkway during this event helping park staff prepare for visitors during a critical time of year. 
If you are interested in participating, please email e-mail us and indicate a preferred work location from the list below: 
Location: Milepost: In the Vicinity of:
Humpback Rocks Picnic Area 8.4 Waynesboro & Lyndhurst, VA
Otter Creek Campground (Location Full) 60.8 Glasgow & Lynchburg, VA
Peaks of Otter Campground 85.9 Buchanan & Bedford, VA
Roanoke Mountain
Day Use Area
120.4 Roanoke & Salem, VA
Smart View Picnic Area 154.5 Floyd & Meadows of Dan, VA
Cumberland Knob Picnic Area 217.5 Galax, VA & Sparta, NC
Doughton Park Campground and Picnic Area 239.2 Sparta & Wilkesboro, NC
Julian Price Campground 297 Boone & Blowing Rock, NC
Linville Falls Picnic Area (Location Full) 316.4 Linville & Morganton, NC
Crabtree Falls Campground 339.5 Spruce Pine & Marion, NC
Mt. Pisgah Campground (Location Full) 408.8 Asheville & Brevard, NC

About National Park Week 

National Park Week is an annual celebration of National Parks held each year in late April. National Park Week is dedicated to raising awareness of our National Parks and the many opportunities for exploration, service and learning that are provided in our nation’s 419 National Park Units. To learn more about National Park Week Opportunities in your area visit . 

Last updated: March 31, 2022

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