This is National Parks Week which means there will be no admission fee at Trunk Bay or the Christiansted Histioric Site now through Friday. The usual $4 toll comes back Sunday at Trunk Bay.
Dropping the fee, despite the Sequester and budget issues in Washington, is meant to encourage people to stop and smell the roses, or at least feel the sand between their toes. Mike Anderson, deputy supt. at the VI National Park, told Lynda Lohr of the St. John Source, "You can pause and think about what's important."
Trunk Bay access will also be free Saturday. The Friends of the V I National Park will be observing Reef Fest as part of this week's Earth Day observances.
The Friends announced Earth Day Fair will be held April 19th at the National Park ball field in Cruz Bay from 9 am to 1 pm and have more than 20 educational exhibits and learning activities. The fair will kick off with a "litter stomp" parade from Julius E. Sprauve school to the fair grounds.
Then on Saturday, April 20th there will be a fee-free day at Trunk Bay from 12 to 5 pm with various exhibits and interactive activities all centered around reef preservation and conservation. There will be a free shuttle service from the Friends Store in Cruz Bay. Call 779-4940 for more details.