Friends of Nockamixon State Park
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 the Friends group has raised $2,200.00 but 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 $25,000 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.
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 Receive Equine Trail Donation
The Friends of Nockamixon State Park (FONSP), a non-profit 501(3) and chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation received a $25,000 donation from an anonymous donor specifying that the funds be used for the building and maintenance of the park's equestrian trails.
The Board of FONSP has formed an Equestrian Trail Committee made up of members of the group that frequently ride the park's trails. The committee will be charged with reviewing all 5 trails where horseback riding is allowed.
The review will include estimated costs and the prioritization of the issues by individual trail. The donation allows for animal and human comforts such as comfort stations, watering troughs, hitching posts, signage and enhanced parking areas.
Once the report is complete, the committee, Park Manager, Maintenance Supervisor and Board will meet to put an action plan in place. The FONSP expects to have these steps completed by the spring of 2016 and at that time start to implement the plan. It is hoped that the majority of the labor can be completed by volunteers thus allowing the funds to be spent on supplies and materials.
If you would like to provide input to the Equestrian Trail Committee to enhance our equestrian trails, please contact Charlotte Brown.
Trail Stewardship Workshop
Classroom instruction on trail layout, construction and maintainance; tool selection/use. Information on different public land agencies and an introduction to Leave No Trace skills and the Ride Smart Concept.
Date: Feb 20, 2016
Time: 8AM-4:30 PM
Place: Pennypacker Mills Classroom
5 Haldeman Road
Schwenksville, PA 19473
Help Us Maintain Nockamixon Trails
To report any trail problems that need attention, please contact Mike Quinn Problems reported allow the trail maintainers to correct the problems quickly.
To report illegal trail use, contact the Park Office (215-529-7300) as soon as possible.
When reporting a trail problem please provide as much information as possible.
Date and Time of Incident
For illegal use (dumping, dogs off leash, camp fires, etc.) please try and get license plate numbers
Trail Name/location (Upper Mink Trail, Lower Elephant Trail)
Closest Trail Entry Point (Deerwood parking lot, Old Ridge Road, etc)
Brief Description of problem
Friends Of Nockamixon State Park (FONSP)
Reminder: There will be no board meeting in December.
January, February and March meetings will be held at:St. Matthews Lutheran Church
3668 Ridge Road
Perkasie, PA 18944
Meeting dates are January 7th, February 4th and March 7th starting as usual at 6:30 PM.
Directions: Get onto Ridge Road via Route # 611 or # 313. Church is at corner of Ridge Road and Keller's Church Road. Turn onto Keller's and enter lower church parking lot on your left. Walk to right side of building where the entry to Fellowship Hall will be. Enter and go to your right. If you get lost, call Mike Quinn at 201-218-3656.
National Public Lands Day Event
Thanks everyone who came out to support us and National Public Lands Day by repairing a section of the Old Mill Trail.
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.
You can honor a loved one with a Memorial bench in Nockamixon State Park. For more information contact Mike Quinn.
On September 19th twenty five dedicated volunteers spent the day collecting trash from Lake Nockamixon. By watercraft and shoreline 160 lbs. of trash was collected including 48 yards of fishing
line, 4 tires, over 200 bottles and cans and hundreds of cigarette butts. Kudos to the Goldman family, Evan, Amoi and Weaver of Lower Gwynedd, PA who collected 77.25 lbs. of trash and won a gift certificate donated by O Wow Cow. The most unusual item found was a buoy which Craig Seltzer found.
This event was sponsored by the Friends of Nockamixon State Park, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Foundation and the International Coastal Cleanup. Thanks to O Wow Cow for their generosity in donating gift certificates for our prizes. Working for a clean and beautiful Pennsylvania - together we Can make a difference