Floating Classroom Dedication at GSYC – a smashing success!
On May 4th, the Lake Hopatcong Foundation (LMF) dedicated and celebrated the the christening of the Lake Hopatcong Floating Classroom . The vessel was christened, Study Hull, at the docks of the Garden State Yacht Club, while a crowd of more than 75 cheered!
Then the crowd relocated indoors to the GSYC Clubhouse for the Annual Meeting. LHF Board Members stood to present and discuss their current programs, legislative outreach to our State representatives, current budget, plans for the upcoming year and their initiatives for preserving and improving the lake community.
As for the floating classroom: the 40′ X 12′ covered catamaran pontoon boat is equipped to seat 40 passengers and crew. Schools from all around the Lake Hopatcong area will have the chance to learn about Lake Hopatcong firsthand, from its ecology to its history and development. The Classroom was purchased with generous grants from several sources, including to the USA TODAY Network’s “A Community Thrives” program , the James P. Verhalen Family Foundation and the Szigethy family.
The vessel will be temporarily docked at Lakeland Marine Base on Nolan’s Point until final dock construction is completed at Hopatcong State Park.