Note from the Park Manager
By Karen Shefield
Shortly after Norma and Fred Hoffman moved to the Alexandria area in 1974, Norma applied to volunteer at Huntley Meadows Park (HMP). On her application it says, “Let’s talk.” Ever since that day, Norma volunteered and advocated in support of HMP and Historic Huntley. She continued to volunteer and welcome visitors to the Park up until two weeks before her passing. Norma received many accolades over the years, and this June Norma was honored with the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Norma’s many years of dedication to HMP’s preservation, visitor education and Park advocacy is beyond commendable. Park visitors’ experiences are enhanced today due in great part to Norma’s contributions. The community that joined Norma’s efforts to support the Park continues to do so today. Although Norma has passed, her great legacy remains. Most of all I miss Norma’s cheerful smile. Every day I witness and feel Norma’s spirit in Park staff, volunteers and Park advocates. Thank you all for carrying on her legacy!
Karen Sheffield, HMP Manager