Please join us as we celebrate five years of partnership with the National Park Service, share plans for Park improvements over the next five years, and commemorate the lives of the passengers and crew of the RMS Titanic on the 110th anniversary of its sinking. The Gala & Tribute will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at the Arena Stage, at the Mead Center for American Theater.
Happy New Year, Friends!
We rang in the New Year with big weather changes: On Sunday, we spied neighbor Lori Murphy (Because You Can Fitness) leading students in an exercise class in the park in 60-degree weather. A day later, we saw lots of people and dogs enjoying the winter wonderland that transformed the park a day later. Some of the trees sustained damage from the heavy, wet snow. We’ve informed the Park Service so that they can attend to the fallen limbs.
We are looking forward to a big year for the Friends and the Park. We'll be celebrating the 5-year anniversary of the Friends, commemorating the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, and planning for major improvements to the Park over the next 5 years. Here are some highlights:Read more
Happy Thanksgiving, Friends!
We have so much to be grateful for in 2021. This year, we installed the demonstration garden, painted the benches, and started collecting visitor count data. And we did all this work amid the continued pandemic public health restrictions. None of these accomplishments would have been possible without our amazing volunteers who stepped up to help!
We have a few more things we'd like to share this Thanksgiving week:
- Donation Drive - We did it!
- Visitor Count Update
- Titanic 110th Anniversary Update
- Calling All Sleuths! Park Benchmark
Thank you, donors! Because of your generosity, we exceeded our $5,000 goal in our Give Until it Feels Good! campaign, raising $5,440! As we prepare for the 110th Anniversary and major restoration of the Park, these funds put us on strong financial footing.Read more
We are getting closer to our $5,000 goal in our Give Until it Feels Good! campaign. Thanks to the people who have collectively donated $3,265 so far! Although we are a ways from our 2021 goal, we have already exceeded the donations we received in 2021.Read more
Fall is in the air, and we have another month with lots happening! In this issue:
- Save the Date
- Thank you, Painters
- Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Opens
- Annual Donation Drive Update
Mark your calendars now for our Titanic 110th Anniversary Gala & Tribute! Our Gala & Tribute will be held at the Arena Stage on Saturday, April 16, 2022. We will celebrate the future of Titanic Memorial Park and commemorate the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
The National Park Service is planning a major renovation of Titanic Memorial Park in the next few years. The Gala & Tribute will highlight those plans and ways that NPS and the Friends will work together.Read more
Thanks to everyone who has donated in the first week of our annual donation drive! This year's theme is Give Until it Feels Good! Please consider a gift that leaves you feeling good about your contribution to the park's upkeep and restoration.
We raised $890 in our first week, which was doubled to $1,780 by our anonymous donor. That is great, and if you act now, your donation can still be doubled. We still have a way to go to meet our goal of $5,000.
It's time for our annual donation drive, and this year we want you to give until it feels good! We know you value Titanic Memorial Park. Please consider a gift that leaves you feeling good about your contribution to the park's upkeep and restoration.
Our goal for this year is $5,000. An anonymous donor has pledged a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $1,000, so if you act now, your donation will be doubled!
Here's how we plan to use donated funds in 2022:
Maintain the demonstration garden and planters.
- We'll replace the shrubs that didn't make it in the first year in the Demonstration Garden, and add bulbs to the garden
- We'll continue our annual planting and maintenance of the planters
Install displays in park for the 110th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
- In conjunction with the 110th anniversary in April 2022, we plan to have displays throughout the park that tell the stories of people who lost their lives, and those who survived, the greatest peacetime maritime disaster in the world.
Big news - we are able to paint the benches in the park! We have that information and a few more updates:
- All Hands on Deck - Painting Party
- Mask Requirements in National Parks - Update
- Farewell to our Treasurer
- Two new ways to support the Friends
We are very excited to announce that we will have a bench painting party on:
Saturday, September 18, 2021
9:00am - 12:00 noon
Meet at the Titanic Memorial
We will paint as many benches as we can while maintaining social distance. To find more details and to sign up, visit our Events Page.
Due to COVID restrictions, each participant must register individually for this event. We will have protocols in place, including masking and social distancing, for everyone's safety. Details are available on the Events Page.
August and the dog days of summer are here. We have a just few quick updates for you this month:
We are pleased to announce that Beth Hall and Paddy Katzen have joined the Friends Board! Beth and Paddy have already helped the Friends over the past year in a variety of ways, and we are happy to have them both in a more formal role.
We hope you all had a wonderful weekend celebrating Independence Day. We have several updates for you this month:
Thank you, thank you! Volunteers Stacy Baker and Brian Niemiec cleaned up the park after local July 4th celebrations. We really appreciate the efforts of our volunteers to keep the park looking nice, even when it's not an official work party. We have a few other volunteer opportunities continuing this summer: