“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Benjamin Frankin
It is possible to love something so much that you are tempted to freeze time; to hold it so tightly that it never changes. This desire to freeze a moment in time can apply to almost anything: a job, a friendship, and even a place. Many of our guests have been coming back to BPKFL for decades, and they all love it just as it is. There is always a twinge of worry when we make changes, even ones we would categorize as improvements. From filling in the tidal pool to the addition of the fire pit, there is the concern that somehow the essence of what we love about the BPKFL may be altered in the process.
Things at the BPKFL are bound to change. New projects, new people and new activities are always on the horizon. To stand still is become stagnant and we owe it to those generations before us to keep up with the times, to stay ahead of the trends and to make sure we stay relevant to a whole new generation of visitors. No matter what the next decade brings, I can promise you that we will move forward as we always do, with an eye to the future and our hearts fully tethered to the traditions that have made us successful. We will strive to embrace what comes next, while honoring what came before.
Rest assured, the heart of what makes the BPKFL so special is bigger than any change we can make to the park. It is bigger than new activities, or the addition of an ice machine. At its very core, what make the BPKFL special is the people who love it and those who have invested their time and energy into it. No single person embodies that dedication more than Joan. For more than 40 years, Joan has worked tirelessly to make the BPKLFL more than a vacation destination. Because of her, this place is more than the sunsets, or the great fishing. It is the embodiment of the friendships and memories that have been made here, and that is unchangeable.
As always, I remain keenly aware of what the BPKFL means to our staff, guests and family. It is an honor to carry on the traditions of the past while forging ahead to the future. Thank you for letting us be a part of so many of your special moments and know that we are fully committed to being a part of many, many, more, for many years to come.
by Brian Gladwell