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CHIP HARRISON HAS RETIRED AS PARK OPERATIONS MANAGER OF THE HILLS CREEK COMPLEX WHICH INCLUDES CHERRY SPRINGS. THE NEW POM IS BEN STONE, FORMER ASSISTANT MANAGER OF THE COMPLEX AND HE WILL BE ASSISTED BY CURRENT PARK MANAGER 1 SCOTT MORGAN.

THE NEW RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE PARK ARE NOW IN EFFECT..PLEASE USE SIDE BAR MENU TO FIND THIS INFORMATION FOR OVERNIGHT STAY, GENERAL OBSERVING AND FIELD ETIQUETTE.

During the summer of 2015, Bureau of State parks announced their intent to implement a multi-phased project designed to preserve dark sky characteristics and improve viewing conditions at the park for users of the public viewing field as well as those who utilize the astronomy observation field. Since its designation as a Gold Level International Dark Sky Park in 2008, attendance for the park’s evening programs has grown to unprecedented numbers. Recent traditional and “viral” social media coverage has catapulted some program attendance to over 600 participants. The heightened popularity of this internationally recognized natural treasure has placed a heavy burden on the park facilities and staff, not to mention the integrity of the Dark Sky experience. Early advancements included improved interpretive signage, a review and posting of modified dark sky etiquette guidance, expanded amber lighting, and an online registration process for Night Sky Tour programs.
Much work has been done at the park since 2015 including expanded signage, improved access to the facility, and surfaces on campground roads. During the off season, physical improvements to the visitor programming\day use area parking and campground have been ongoing. In addition to this which will aid in creating a more efficient visitor flow into and out of the Cherry Springs campground that nearly eliminates errant white light from transitioning across the Astronomy Observation Field during hours of darkness. In the very the near future a new CXT, restroom facility, will be installed near the visitor programming parking area and a new parking area exit road placed.
Administratively, the Bureau of State Parks changed the standard use designation of the Astronomy Observation Field from a day use area to an overnight area in the Cherry Springs State Park management plan. This designation allows the Bureau to apply permit conditions for users of the overnight Astronomy Observation Field that are exclusive to Cherry Springs State Park and its uniqueness as an international Dark Sky Park in addition to other rules and regulations that apply to state park overnight areas and campgrounds within the Commonwealth.
Bureau staff have also put together an astronomy observation etiquette document that is not exclusive to Cherry Springs State Park but provides guidelines to enhance the night sky viewing experience of experienced or beginning astronomers, as well as first-time visitors to astronomy observation parks, whether here at Cherry Springs State Park or their own back yard.
The Bureau intends to have these new documents available to the public by Memorial Day weekend posted at the park information kiosks or directly from the park’s main office via mail lymanrunsp@pa.gov or call 814-435-1037. Materials will also be posted on the park web page in the near future. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/c...

CHERRY SPRINGS HAS A ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR DRUGS AND ALCOHOL...YOU WILL BE CAUGHT AND YOU WILL BE PROSECUTED, SO JUST DON'T DO IT!.

There is now a new information phone line for Cherry Springs...general information about the park and programs will be on this recorded menu line. Please call here first before contacting the park office. (814) 435-1037

The rustic campground located across from the Astronomy Field, is now 100 % reservable online or through the State Parks call center at 1-888-PA PARKS.   Two-night stay is required for a reservation.  In October the campground is first come-first serve until it closes at the end of hunting season.

Public programs have become so popular that it is required that you make a reservation to attend one.  If you did not reserve, you will not be permitted into the park until after the program concludes.  Sign up at the DCNR Calendar of events web page at www.events.dcnr.pa.gov     If not able to go online, you may call the Lyman Run park office at (814) 435-5010.

ALL PERSONS ON THE ASTRONOMY OBSERVATION FIELD ARE REQUIRED TO PAY THE USE FEE.  You may either purchase a Galaxy Pass or pay the nightly use fee.  This fee is PER PERSON, not per car or per group.  Rangers will ask to see either your Galaxy Pass or honor system envelope stub- both which should be on display - as proof of payment of the use fee.

Those of you arriving at the park for short term star-gazing will note that there are red cellophane sheets and rubber bands available at the info kiosk in the public parking lot if you wish to cover the lens of your flashlight (recommended). Please just take one per flashlight so that everyone can have one.

See you under the stars!


 

 

 

                                                                                                          Did you know that your donation to the CSSP Dark Sky Fund/Association is tax deductible?  We all know that money is tight and budget cuts are going to hit the park hard, so if you can help out in anyway, please do so!  Information about where to send your donation is located on the Home page.  Money donated to the Dark Sky Fund/Association goes directly to the park and does NOT go through the state's general fund...which means the Administration can't touch it (and it they are reading this and are upset that I put it in print, feel free to give me a call - that's me...not my husband, thank you!)     This donated money is used to make astronomy improvements in the part via the recommendations made by the astronomers themselves.  Thanks to all of you who donated in 2010 and who continue to support our efforts to protect the night sky!                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Update 11-4-2010: Make sure you check out the new Visa card offered by the International Dark Sky Association. There is a link to the site on t he side menu of our home page. Big thanks and a pat on the back to Dark Sky Team member David Wymer who's photo taken at Cherry Springs graces the front of the card..."What's in YOUR wallet??"

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See you under the stars! Maxine Harrison, Director, CSSP Dark Sky Fund/Association