With construction set to begin next month on the site's new visitor's center, and improvements taking place throughout the park, Jones Lake needs members of the community to serve on the Park Advisory Committee.
The group will help plan the park's growth and act as a liaison between the park and the community.
An organizational meeting of the Jones Lake Park Advisory Committee will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at Bladen County Library. All interested persons are asked to attend. For more information, call the park at 588-4550.
Park Superintendent Greg Schneider said the committee is a key part of the park's growth, and will help in promoting the site as well as determining what programs are most needed in the area.
Park advisory committees play a major role in the educational and recreational programming at state parks.
The committee will be appointed by the Director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, and will serve for three years.
Nominations are being accepted for the board. Schneider said he especially hopes the board will have representatives of both recreational and commercial interests in the county, as well as local government, educators, and the general public.
Jones Lake State Park, located off N.C. 242 North, is the seventh oldest state park in North Carolina. It was also the state's first park primarily for African Americans, and offers swimming, camping and other activities. Jones Lake Park was built around a Carolina Bay Lake, as a Civilian Conservation Corps project during the Depression.
Around 115,000 visitors go to the park each year.
Jones Lake staff members also manage Salter's Lake and the Bushy Lake State Natural Area in southern Cumberland County. Bushy Lake is an undeveloped bay habitat that is the home to several endangered species.