'Pack the Park' rescheduled for Aug. 30
The FRIENDS Pack the Park for the Parkway event has been rescheduled from Wednesday, Aug. 28 to 7 p.m. Friday Aug. 30 due to rain delays causing our original night to be a "Doubleheader."
FRIENDS ticket holders may arrive early at 5:15 p.m. for a pre-game concert performed by the Bluegrass Brothers on the first base side concourse inside the stadium. Directly after the game, stick around for a free fireworks show.
As part of its 25th anniversary celebration, FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway is partnering with the Salem Red Sox and local employers to Pack the Park for the Parkway.
"We're celebrating America's favorite pastime and helping raise funds to support America's favorite drive," said Susan Mills, PhD, executive director of FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway. "With decreased federal funding, the Parkway needs FRIENDS more than ever."
FRIENDS is the only not-for-profit volunteer-driven organization solely devoted to preserving and protecting the Blue Ridge Parkway, America's most visited park. Since 1988, FRIENDS has recruited thousands of volunteers and raised thousands of dollars to fund environmental education and interpretive exhibits for children and adults; service projects such as tree planting, trail and campground maintenance; and hemlock research to combat the wooly adelgid, an insect that has devastated the Park's hemlock forests.
"We are asking Roanoke-area businesses to join PlasticsOne and Rockydale Quarries to become a Pack the Park sponsor and we're asking Roanoke's baseball fans to fill the stadium," Mills said.
The evening begins with a performance by The Bluegrass Brothers before the game. "Throughout the evening we'll have games for children and adults, from playing whiffle ball in the to-scale replica of Fenway Park, to the inflatable Kids Zone play area; and of course, baseball. It's going to be a great family night of fun," Mills said.
National Parks, like Yellowstone, are able to generate revenue and offset budget reductions by charging admission fees, Randolph notes. "The Blue Ridge Parkway is a narrow park and winds along 469 miles, through two states and 29 counties, it intersects with many state and local roads. Because of this, charging admission just isn't an option for the Parkway, so we have to get a little more creative."