FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Volunteer Park Ambassadors Needed for the Park
May 22, 2017
Amy Perry, Interim Executive Director
New London, CT: The Thames River Heritage Park is looking for volunteers who want to create positive and memorable experiences for visitors and residences who ride the Water Taxi and who visit the local heritage sites within the Park. Volunteers are needed Friday – Sunday beginning Memorial Day weekend through mid-September in 2- and 4-hour shifts between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Volunteers will be Park Ambassadors who will be stationed at the three Water Taxi landing sites in New London and Groton to provide visitors with information about the heritage sites within the Park, help with directions, take survey information, as well as pictures for visitors, all to provide an enjoyable experience. Volunteers will spend some time riding the water taxis, if desired, and are asked to commit to at least 16 hours in 2- or 4-hours shifts during the season.
If you like interacting with people, enjoy being outdoors and on the water, and have some knowledge of the New London and Groton area, get on board. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must enjoy being active. An interest in American history is a plus. Training will be provided.
Now in its second season the water taxis will begin operation Friday, May 26, 2017. The service connects Fort Trumbull in New London to the downtown New London Historic Waterfront District and Fort Griswold in Groton, and runs Friday through Sunday from 10 AM to 9 PM. until September 17, 2017.
The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation during the past 400 years. In 2016 almost 2,000 people rode the water taxi visiting sites, dining out or just enjoying time on the water.
Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.
Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.