Christmas Comes Early for Volunteers at Wind Creek State Park

SYLACAUGA, Ala. - The volunteers at Wind Creek State Park recently received a surprise with the delivery of an early Christmas present. Sylacauga Marine donated the use of a new Polaris Ranger to the Wind Creek V.I.P.s (Volunteers In Parks) through the marine’s lender program.
“It is just a win, win situation for all involved,” said Randy Jinks, Director of Promotions for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Parks Division. “A means of transportation in the park is the primary tool needed by our volunteers to assist the staff, and Sylacauga Marine was good enough to provide us with the use of this vehicle. Units like this are limited so I feel fortunate that we were able to secure this one.”
The Volunteers In Parks program is a statewide volunteer program that offers different levels of volunteer opportunities within the state parks system. V.I.P.s perform many tasks essential to the daily operation of many of Alabama’s state parks.
“Most of the state parks in our neighboring states receive funding from their state’s general fund. That isn’t the case in Alabama so volunteers are vital to our system,” said Mark Easterwood, State Parks Director. “Our volunteers, and good folks like those at Sylacauga Marine, make a significant and positive impact on our parks every year, and the truth is I don’t know what we would do without them.”
For more information regarding the Alabama State Parks program call 1-800-ALA-PARK or visit
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit