Lark in the Park celebrates the Catskills

The Catskill Center and the Catskill Mountain Club have announced the Fifth Annual Lark in the Park celebration to be held October 4-13 in the Catskill Park and surrounding communities. The Catskill Mountain Region will come alive with numerous outdoor activities during the Lark in the Park, launched in 2004 to commemorate the centennial of the Catskill Park. This year’s lineup, featuring challenging hikes, interpretive walks and cycling events, as well as festivals and lectures, is a way for people to discover the wealth of history, culture, natural resources and recreational opportunities offered by the Catskill Park and the entire Catskill Mountain Region.
The 2008 celebration is co-sponsored by The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and the Catskill Mountain Club.
Lisa Rainwater, executive director of The Catskill Center, explains “Tourism is vital to our regional economy and Lark in the Park is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the rich diversity our mountains and communities offer, particularly at this beautiful time of year. Those seeking adventure can spend the day exploring the rich diversity of our mountains and then later stop for dinner at one of the many restaurants located on our local Main Streets. Those seeking culture can attend a book reading and then discover the fine art galleries across the region. This region has so much to offer. For those who haven’t visited the Catskill Park for awhile, isn’t it time to come back? For those who live here, please join the celebration.”
The Catskill Mountain Club, formed in 2004 and helped initiate the first annual Lark in the Park, which was funded by the NYS Department of Conservation in its first two years. Since then, club members and other volunteers have sustained the Lark annually, with the hopes that the DEC will renew its support.
Aaron Bennett, outings chair of the Catskill Mountain Club, said “There’s something here for everyone, and I’m impressed that we have more than 30 events. This celebration is consistent with the DEC’s goal of connecting people with nature. Our intention is to follow up with DEC officials after the Lark and advocate for the state’s involvement in promoting the Catskill Park through this event in the future.”
To view the range of activities available and participate in the Lark in the Park, please visit www.catskillpark.org. For more information, please contact Peter Manning at The Catskill Center 845 586-2611 or pmanning@catskillcenter.org.