Conrad Shipyard, established in 1948, prides itself in following the generous spirit of its founder Parker Conrad. In 2014, company representatives visited the Keep St. Mary Beautiful committee with a proposal to adopt a local boat launch with the purpose of beautifying and improving the public location as a means of giving back to our community.
The Conrad Green Team was created that summer with the goal of cleaning the R.J. Marcell Memorial Boat Launch in Amelia. Each month the company would pick one Saturday morning when employees would volunteer a few hours of their time to work predetermined projects.
Since June 2014, the Conrad Green Team has replaced deck boards from both docks, painted yellow borders for an added safety measure, added timbers to and repainted handicap parking spots, replaced old posts and barriers for the boat ramp and done general litter/trash pickup as well as vegetation clearing. St. Mary Parish has also helped to improve the launch with the addition of dolphins to protect the docks from impact, opened the concrete debris barrier to allow rainfall water to flow out of the lot and added a float dock to the north dock.
The success of the Conrad Green Team can only be attributed to the graciousness of Conrad Shipyard’s employees who selflessly gave up their valuable Saturday mornings to work at the launch. They embody the community spirit and goodwill that Conrad Shipyard admires most.