Friends of Nockamixon State Park
You can honor a loved one with a Memorial bench in Nockamixon State Park. For more information contact Mike Quinn.
The Friends of Nockamixon State Park hosted a Children's Fishing Tournament on June 14, 2014 as part of the Every Day Event grant we received from the National Environmental Education Foundation. There were 31 children who participated at the event at the Children's Pond near the Marina. After 2 hours of fishing and many fish caught and measured, the winners of the trophies were: Kieran Burke, age 7 with a !2" bass, Aiden Schaffer, age 7 with a 12" catfish, and Alicia Santoro, age 8 with a white perch. There were no entries in the 11-14 age category. Thanks to Dawn Kline and Mike Quinn from the Friends group who assisted at the event and especially Helen Maurella for hosting the event and Joe Maurella for putting together such an entertaining video. Lots of raffle prizes were given away. But the best part was all the smiling faces as they left. Watch the video!
National Get Outdoors Day Fishing Tournament video
Friends of Nockamixon State Park Win Grant for Wheelchair Accessible Boat Ramp
Canoe and kayak users with disabilities are one step closer to getting a wheelchair accessible boat dock at Nockamixon State Park, thanks to the efforts of the park’s volunteer friends group and Harlon’s Fund at The Philadelphia Foundation. The Friends of Nockamixon State Park (FONSP) received a $5,000 grant through The Foundation towards building the ADA compliant canoe and kayak launch system at Nockamixon Lake.
“Launching a canoe or kayak at Nockamixon State Park will be a whole lot easier and safer for Pennsylvanians with disabilities with the new EZ Launch dock,” Friends Group Chair Mike Quinn says, “We are very grateful to the Harlon’s Fund for this grant.”
Quinn adds that they still need additional funds to complete the project and he asks that everyone who can make a donation to this project do so. To that end, the friends group is reaching out to the community to raise the additional $27,000 for the dock. The volunteer group is working with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the EZ Dock ® Company on the project.
The “EZ Launch” system includes a platform with rollers to smoothly move boats in and out of the water, and a transfer bench for wheelchair users. The specialized dock allows paddlers to move from wheelchair to bench and then directly into their boat, providing a stable and safe means to board and recover kayaks and canoes from the water.
The project is part of a larger effort to increase accessible recreation opportunities in parks across the state spearheaded by the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and its chapters. A wheelchair accessible dock was recently completed in Pittsburgh’s Point State Park, and another is proposed for Gifford Pinchot State Park in central Pennsylvania. Find more information about making a contribution to the Nockamixon dock.
The Philadelphia Foundation serves Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, specializing in generosity well spent. Through the 900 funds established by its donors, it distributes about $20 million annually to about 1,000 nonprofits. For more information, visit www.philafund.org.
Your contribution of any dollar amount is tax deductable and would be greatly appreciated.
If you donate on line, please add the words “FONSP EZ Dock” in the comment box on the donation page. If you choose to send in a check, please make it out to PPFF with the words “FONSP EZ Dock” in the memo line and send to our address on this web site.
Friends Of Nockamixon State Park (FONSP)
August 7, 2014 6:30PM
NSP Education Center
1542 Mountain View Drive
Quakertown, PA 18951
Help is always needed for various projects around the Park. If you are interested in signing up for any of the activities below, please contact Mike Quinn at mquinn52@ verizon.net. All volunteers must be registered with the DCNR to participate in any Friends Group activity.
Meeting Place: 10 Old Bethlehem Rd.
Meeting Place: Park Office Parking Lot
Support the Friends Group
INTO MOUNTAIN BIKING?
Check out the website www.ridenox.com for a complete description of Nockamixon State Park's Mountain Bike trail.
Please remember, the Mountain Bike trail is the only trail that mountain biking is allowed on in the park.