Friends of Nockamixon State Park
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.
You can honor a loved one with a Memorial bench in Nockamixon State Park. For more information contact Mike Quinn.
Kids Reel In Trophies
Watch the video!!
June 13, 2015 was National Get Outdoors Day. The Friends of Nockamixon State Park hosted a Kid's Fishing Tournament funded by a grant from the National Environmental Education Foundation. Over 56 children ages 5-14 attended the event at the Children's Pond in Nockamixon State Park. Volunteers from the Blue Mountain Bassmasters and high school anglers from the Lehigh Valley Junior Bassmasters assisted in tying and baiting hooks, untangling line and running the buckets of fish to be measured for the kids. Fish and Boat Commission Officers measured the fish then released them. All kids received free bait, fishing items and a chance to win over 25 raffle prizes. The winners from left were K.J. Kerper who caught a 9 3/4" Largemouth bass, Zachary Teele who caught a 10" Largemouth bass and Jayden Nealman who caught a 9 1/2" Largemouth bass. The kids, parents, grandparents, and volunteers all had a great time and are looking forward to this wonderful event next year.
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.
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.
During 2014 we were quite busy with our Wildlife Habitat Improvement for Species of Special concern project. From this project came three different projects. the three are, the Kestrel, the Osprey and the Nockamixon Bat project.
Read more about our wildlife programs.
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)
September 3, 2015
NSP Education Center
1542 Mountain View Drive
Quakertown, PA 18951
National Public Lands Day Event
Sept. 19th (Rain Date Sept. 20th)
Meeting Place: Nockamixon State Park Marina
National Public Lands Day Event
Old Mill Trail Repair
Date: Saturday 9/26/14
Time: 8:30 AM to 2 PM (earlier if we finish up sooner)
Where: Meet at 10 Old Bethlehem Road, Quakertown, PA 18951
Dress Code: Long pants, long sleeve shirt, work boots/sneakers, work gloves (poison ivy always around), also water will be provided.
Safety Clothes: Safety vests & glasses will be provided if you don’t have them.
Equipment needed: Wheel barrows, heavy rakes, shovels
Date: Saturday, 10/10/15 – rain or shine
Time: 9:00 AM
Where: Meet at Marina Park Office Parking Lot
Dress Code: Long pants and sleeves (poison ivy always around), rain gear if needed
Safety Clothes: safety vests & glasses required along with gloves, if you have your own please bring them, if not they will be provided
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.