Thursday, May 27, 2010

Permission To Be At Gretchen's Lock After Dark

I spent some time finding out exactly what you have to do to get permission to be at Gretchen's Lock, as well as other parts of Beaver Creek State Park, after dark.  I asked a few questions and Todd Metz, Asst. Park Manager, was kind enough to get back to me about it.  The following is the email I sent and his response.
From: Kim M []
Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 9:47 AM
To: Metz, Todd
Subject: Re: Beaver Creek Tours
Thank you Mr. Metz. I appreciate that you took the time to send this. I have been trying since March to contact someone about it with no success and my busy season is here now so I had to do something. On May 8 when my first Gretchen's Tour was held, Park Rangers went down and locked the gates to the park an hour before it started. When that happened I assumed it was because I was having an event down there and didn't have any one's permission to do it. Only I couldn't get a hold of anyone to get it.
There is also some confusion as to the rules about being in the park after dark. I would like to post the correct information on my blog so there are no misunderstandings.

1. Do you have to have written permission to be in the park after dark?
2. As long as you do not drive your vehicle inside the park, but walk, you can go in anytime, no permission necessary? Is that true?
3. Does the written permission include The Pioneer Village area of Beaver Creek State Park as well?

There are a lot of people going down there on a nightly basis and any information I can get out there will help to keep the area safe and organized.
Thank you again for your time.
Kindest Regards,
Kimberly Mitchell
Ghosting 12 Paranormal

Now, here is his response.

You do have to have written permission for be in the park after hours.
If you park outside the gate, you are less likely to be asked to leave or have the chance of your vehicle being locked in.
The written permission does include the pioneer village.
Please keep this in mind: The rangers at anytime reserve the right to ask anyone to leave at anytime for any reason if they feel it necessary. This is even the case if you have the after hours form.
If you have anymore questions, please contact me.

Todd Metz, CPM
Asst. Park Manager
Guilford Lake/Beaver Creek

So, now you know


Melancholy43920 said...

Well that kinda sucks. I understand them doing this, for safety and liability reasons (I'm assuming) but it's a shame people are not free to explore this beautiful and mysterious park at any time they please.

Anonymous said...

If anyone was allowed in at any time that would definately create a bad situation. They do need to limit the number of people that come and go at night. When they see a group they do check passes. Thats a good thing!