Advice for lobbying a park to allow stargazing?
Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:56 AM
Posted 05 August 2013 - 12:03 PM
Talk to city hall, send some emails. Invite them to see what the plan is.
It's pretty easy when you actually speak face to face too.
That's all I can recommend.
Let us know how it goes!
Posted 05 August 2013 - 08:36 PM
Posted 06 August 2013 - 07:22 AM
that one's got to be in the lawbooks somewhere...no doubt thought up by someone well meaning...problem is, that some take the law literally, common sense has left the building.....
Posted 06 August 2013 - 09:51 AM
Of course, if you can offer an ongoing series of public events in return for permission to use the park yourselves, everybody wins.
Posted 06 August 2013 - 04:01 PM
Posted 17 August 2013 - 01:06 PM
Posted 17 August 2013 - 10:12 PM
Five years ago or so, some of us club members wanted a closer dark site to our part of town that would be open for our night use. We approached Catalina State Park, and all they asked us to do was set up in a lot near the trail head (no lights, except on a bathroom), and share the views with any local hikers after dark, and we could have free admission! In about five sessions, we had exactly two customers for about ten of us who set up. Then we and the park got serious and are now helping the park pursue International Dark Sky Park status, so now we advertise official outreach events about three times a year where we get a dozen of us and about 200-300 visitors. GREAT nights, on the way to achieving the status with other work; three of us became official volunteers as Resource Inventory Managers. And, we can still set up anytime without charge, as long as we let any late hikers share. On those nights, we actually have it to ourselves!
All it took was just asking the park, and stressing the environmental awareness mission included the night sky.
Posted 18 August 2013 - 11:51 AM
Posted 18 August 2013 - 09:57 PM