March 27, 2009
Volunteers Needed for Spring Clean-Up at Oswego County Nature Park
The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is looking for volunteers to help with spring cleanup at the Camp Zerbe Nature Park near Williamstown. Pictured is Lake Lorraine, a glacial kettlehole lake on the park grounds. (Photo courtesy Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.)
Williamstown - The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is recruiting organized youth and community groups to help prepare the 540-acre Camp Zerbe Nature Park for the upcoming season. Located on State Route 104 between Mexico and Williamstown, the park is popular for trail walking, picnicking, family gatherings, youth retreats and other large group events.
“We are looking for organized groups to assist with some of the many projects it will take open the facility for our busy season,” said Jim Farfaglia, Senior Youth Services Specialist for the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, which oversees the facility. “The projects we have in mind would be ideal for a scout troop looking for community service hours or a church or community service group looking to promote volunteerism within their organizations. The projects this year will include cleaning the trails, preparing the sports fields, landscaping our new playground, planting and maintaining gardens and general grounds clean-up.”
Oswego County purchased the property in 1991 from the Syracuse Boys' Club, who operated a recreational camp for many years in the early 1900s. The park is named after Frederick K. Zerbe, former superintendent of the Syracuse Boys' Club. The nature park contains the William H. Britton Nature Interpretive Center, the Patrick “Paco” Malone Meeting Center, an open air pavilion, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, and a large mowed area for baseball and soccer. Nature trails lead to observation points along the shore of Lake Lorraine, a natural kettlehole lake.
Organized youth groups that volunteer to provide community service at Camp Zerbe may use the facility at no charge. Other groups can reserve the park for a fee. Cleanup projects will be coordinated by the park caretaker. Those interested in volunteering should contact Farfaglia at the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200 ext 3451.
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