The Friends of Watch Hill (“FOWH”) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and a NYS Sales Tax Exempt Registered Charity whose mission is to promote the recreational use of Watch Hill while preserving its natural resources and beauty. FOWH conducts and/or participates in raising funds and related activities solely for the purpose of improving the recreational facilities at Watch Hill
FOWH advocates for improvements at Watch Hill and has developed a strong working relationship with both the National Park Service (“NPS”) and the Concessionaire (“Fire Island Concessions”). FOWH has approximately 300 members who enjoy Watch Hill for extended vacations, a weekend get-away or for a day-trip. Many of our members are boaters while several others are campers, beach-goers and nature lovers. Some of our accomplishments towards improving the park follow.
· Installed ten Mosquito Magnets in 2011-15 complete with platforms and enclosures and maintain them on an ongoing basis as part of our Mosquito Control Program
. Purchased New Stainless Steel Water Fountain for Ferry Terminal Area
. Built a replacement bayside deck at the end of the bay beach walkway for park visitors to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the Great South Bay.
. Conduct bay and ocean beach clean ups
. Installed a new Town Clock in the Commons Area with flower box .
. Installed new showers at the dune station with the help of the Park Service.
. Installed new benches in the nature walk and will installing new benches at the entrance point of the marina.
. Conduct safe boating programs at Watch Hill.
Ongoing / Future Projects and Programs:
. Continue our Mosquito Control Program actively seeking donations to do so
· Continue bay and ocean beach Clean Ups
· Continue safe boating programs through the Great South Bay Power Squadron
· 2018 will Bring 12 new Mosquito Magnets to Watch Hill