Keeping all safe


The Friends of Wyalusing State Park opened the concession stand atop the Wisconsin Ridge a little later than in years past. Most years, the stand was opened on a limited basis, starting on Mother's Day. However, things changed in 2020.
Finally, in July, almost two months later, The Bluff Top Shop opened. Always mindful of our customer's and employees' safety, this year, we placed a special emphasis on safety.
Before the Bluff Top Shop could open, a special operating plan had to be submitted and approved by the Department of Natural Resources.
The first change our customers noticed, is that the concession stand windows are enclosed in plastic. The plastic serves to protect our employees and customers. With temperatures in the 90's and humidity to match, plus three freezers within the concession stand, there is a special challenge - keeping cool. In the past, three or more fans kept working conditions tolerable. This year, the Friends of Wyalusing, purchased an air-conditioner which will be used to keep the insides of the concession stand tolerable.
Secondly, keeping the customer safe before renting a canoe or kayak. Yes, The Bluff Top Shop does rent canoes and kayaks. Each canoe and kayak is disinfected before the next person rents it. The concession staff has a protocol that is followed for each rental. This includes disinfecting each life jacket (Personal Flotation Device) and paddle. We are most grateful when the PFD's are returned dry. It makes it a little easier to follow the safety procedures.
There are also signs posted around the concession stand, advising our customers of the procedures.
Counters are disinfected following a schedule. Hands are washed frequently. Hand sanitizer is provided for our customers as well. The staff is very mindful of our safety and the safety of our customers.
The staff wears disposable gloves when collecting payment for our services. Payment using the special credit card reader is safer for all. We still accept cash and we are most grateful.  Change is laid on the stainless steel counter which is disinfected after each transaction.
The concession stand also sells certified firewood from a self-serve area.
All of the profits made in the concession stand is returned to the park for special projects which enhance our customer's visit.