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News from Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park
November 2019

3rd Annual

Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park

Dinner & Meeting

Recap of Meeting held Nov. 2, 2019 - Chamber Building, Taylorsville
We were excited to see a lot of new faces at our 3rd Annual FTLSP Dinner and Meeting! We sincerely appreciate those who came out and supported Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park, on a busy Saturday!

Here's what happened:

Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park (FTLSP) President Sue Schaefer opened with a special thank you to the sponsors and supporters of FTLSP:

WE APPRECIATE OUR SPONSORS: THANK YOU TO THESE BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS:
  • Lyn Story, Smart LED Signs and Lighting
  • Andrew Sharp, Meade Tractor of KY
  • Jeff Richardson, JR Contracting
  • Jeremy Riggs, Manager, and Colin Hill, Facilities Manager, Taylorsville Lake State Park
  • Lisa Freeman and Evan McKinney, US Army Corps of Engineers
  • John Riley, Judge Executive, Spencer County
  • James Allen Tipton, State Representative
The current board of FTLSP was recognized: Sue Schaefer, president; Troy Koon, vice-president; Stacey Koon, treasurer; Jan Nemes, secretary; and Board members Eric Peek, Marty Nemes, Pat Dour; past-president Scot Heath; and former Board member and tireless volunteer Mary Limke.

Scooter Thompson from Blue Moon Canoe and Kayak of KY gave information about canoeing opportunities both in Louisville and in Spencer County. He also pledged his support for water-related activities at the Park.

Troy Koon, FTLSP vice-president, displayed the new bandanas, now available from the Friends in four colors. The updated trail map of Taylorsville Lake State Park is imprinted and bandanas are available through membership or a donation of $10 to the Friends group. For pick up locations or mailing info, please contact Board@FTLSP.org.

Stacey Koon, Treasurer for FTLSP, gave the Treasurer’s Report, noting that there was $5,181.73 in the account as of Oct. 11, 2019.

BIG NEWS:
Recreational Trails Grant has been successfully completed!
Park Manager, Jeremy Riggs announced that the Friends, along with Park Facilities Manager, Colin Hill, have completed work on the $80,000 Recreational Trails Project grant that was awarded to the Friends in 2017. The completion of the grant resulted in the renovation of Possum Ridge Trail, making it more accessible to hikers, horse riders, and non-motorized cyclists.

But Wait...
There's More!

Donors and volunteers exceeded the $16,000 necessary for the matching portion of the grant. We're still tallying up the matching portion, but the total as of the Nov. 2nd event was $19,275.10, making the grand total nearly $100,000!

Due to the huge success, the Parks Department has allowed an extra 6 months to work on the trails through the grant. That time will be used to further improve the trails, add signage, and potentially buy another piece of equipment to maintain the trails for years to come!

A huge thank you goes to Eric Peek who put many, many hours in on mapping the trails. He worked with TrailForks.com to create an interactive and downloadable map app that can be used offline - no connection required. He also posts trail conditions on Facebook - FriendsofTaylorsvilleLakeStateParkKy.

Marty Nemes, FTLSP Board member gave an update on the 2019 activities of the Friends, which included:
  • Monthly Board meetings
  • Trail clean-up Work Days in March, May, July, September and October
  • Hitching post work done in March and July
  • Adopt-A-Highway Clean-ups in February, April, July, and October
  • Planting of 15 more trees, thanks to a grant from LG&E and KU's Plant for the Planet. Planting was done during Camper Appreciation Day, on April 27 and we thank Spencer County High School's Football Team members and Girl Scout Troop #1199 for their help!!
  • Possum Ridge ramp clean-up, June 1
  • Paddle Battle event support, June 7-8
  • Captain Mad Jack’s Catfish Clash event support, Aug. 2-3
  • Volunteers from FTLSP on Vermeer Mini-skid steer, July – September
  • Taylorsville Lake Clean Sweep event support, Sept. 28
  • Trail Work Day, Oct. 5 - thank you to Washington County 4H Young Riders for their tremendous help!
  • Halloween at the Park event support, Oct. 19 and 26
  • Annual Membership meeting and dinner, Nov. 2
Through the year, we've asked Park guests what they want to see at the Park and the 2020 goals are:
  • Campers would like to have a basketball court in the RV campground
  • At boat ramp(s), add a fish cleaning station
  • A splash park/pad around the campground or pavilion area
  • Additional hitching posts in the Overnight Equine Camp
  • More trees to replace damaged ones
    [Spoiler alert: we're currently applying for our 3rd Plant for the Planet grant. ]
  • Become part of a newly-proposed Fossil Trail through Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio
  • A Pollinator Garden for butterfly and bird viewing
Pat Dour, FTLSP Board member, reported on the Kayak Ramp progress: the project has received all but final approval - one last signature is needed - from the State. We're anticipating receiving that soon and hopefully be installing the launch ramp in the Spring of 2020, on the north side of the Possum Ridge boat ramp.

Eric Peek, FTLSP Board member, reported on repairs being planned for the bridge on Possum Ridge Trail that’s currently impassable. He reported the bridge has termite damage because of the untreated wood used to build it. He noted that it would take about $400-500 worth of material, and 5-6 people to complete the 2-day project. Mike Bossert with Fort Harrod Back Country Horsemen attended the meeting and said his group is ready to help with the construction! Meeting attendees were moved to fund the material portion for bridge repairs! Thank you to David and Mary Limke for your generous donation!!  


Perry Thomas, Salt River Basin Coordinator, reported on possibilities of helping with river/lake monitoring. She provided materials for those interested in volunteering to test and report on Lake conditions. If you are interested in participating, please contact Perry: perryt@ky.gov or click here for Lake Monitoring Program info.

Jeremy Riggs thanked the Friends for their support of the activities at the Park and for their work in improving the Park facilities, especially Possum Ridge Trail. He noted that it’s now truly a multi-use trail and he was excited to see bicycle tracks on it, evidence that the Park is becoming attractive to more and more types of users. He also encouraged people to become a member of the Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park. Volunteers are always needed for the ongoing projects and activities at the Park.

In addition to the program, we enjoyed a tasty dinner, catered by Smokin’ Hott Catering, terrific door prizes, Silent Auction and had a great time talking with fellow Park enthusiasts.
Please visit and thank these local businesses who donated auction items and door prizes: Blue Moon Canoe & Kayak of Kentucky, The Tea Cup, Taylorsville Hardware, Sassy Bunny, Subway-Taylorsville, Papa John's Pizza-Taylorsville, Snappy Tomato Pizza-Taylorsville, McDonald's-Taylorsville.
Visit http://www.ftlsp.org for more information, calendar of events, Facebook feed and membership levels.

Please check our website for Event and Work Day updates!

 
Contact us if you are interested in volunteering for any event.
 
Oh, and did I mention that we’re accepting donations? :-)
 
JOIN FTLSP TODAY!

Thank you to those who joined/renewed during the Membership meeting! With your help, Friends of Taylorsville Lake State Park is making great things happen at your Park. Membership dues are an important way to show your support. Join or renew your membership today!
FTLSP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to enhancing, conserving, promoting, advocating, and cultivating multi-purpose recreational activities of the natural resources at Taylorsville Lake State Park, Kentucky.
 
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