Oasis State Park announces summer programming

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

As summer rolls into the area, Oasis State Park is gearing up to offer visitors a variety of activities in which to participate.
Sponsored by the Friends of Oasis, the second annual Old Tyme Music Concert will take place from 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, said Valerie Russ, park technician advanced.

“It’s something we’re trying to do every year,” Russ said of the concert.

Featured bands that will be playing at the concert are the Triple L Band, from Portales, and the Friends of Bluegrass band from Farwell. Though the concert is free to the public, park fees will still be required. Fees must be paid upon entrance to the park, Russ said.
Several other programs are being planned for the summer months as part of the parks interpretive events. The programs will be held on Saturday nights and are open to people of all ages, Russ said.

“We’ve got everything from star parties to nature walks,” Russ said.

Some of the programs that will be held on Saturdays include several nature walks, a star party and a presentation from a Blackwater Draw Site representative. Other programs will also be presented by park rangers from other parks in the state, Russ said.

According to information released by the New Mexico State Parks division, Oasis State Park was established in 1962. The park is home to sand dunes, cottonwood trees, a small stocked fishing pond. The park also includes a 1.5 mile trail that winds through the sand dunes and a 0.4 mile walking path around the pond and a nature trail.

At the present time, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has issued a salvage order as the pond is being prepared for maintenance. The salvage order will allow anglers to catch and keep an unlimited amount of fish, according to the press release.

Currently the park is still open to the public for camping, hiking and biking, said Jim Whary, park manager.

“It’s a good place to relax. It’s more of a family oriented park,” Whary said.

At a glance

What: Old Tyme Music Concert

Where: Oasis State Park

When: Saturday

Time: 6-10 p.m.

Park Fee: $5 per vehicle

Information: 356-5331 or 763-4113