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Welcome

Welcome to new visitors

Mission

Friends of the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and Donald J. Trump State Parks support the maintenance, operations, enhancement, and improvement of the parks, promote educational programs that encourage the protection and conservation of natural resources, and provide recreational activities for park visitors.

Meetings

Friends of FDR meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month in the FDR Park Office from 7:30-9:00 pm. Please come!

Goals

History of the  Friends

2011

  • Friends of the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and Donald J. Trump State Parks established in March 2011
  • Mission: Friends of the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park and Donald J. Trump State Parksupport the maintenance, operations, enhancement, and improvement of the parks, promote educational programs that encourage the protection and conservation of natural resources, and provide recreational activities for park visitors.

2012

  • Hosted a Snowshoe in the Park walk
  • Set up and hosted I love My Parks Day Spring Cleaning activity and Hurricane Sandy Clean up Day
  • Sponsored walk and talk event educating history of FDR and CCC

2013

  • Secured 501(c)3 status
  • Established website
  • Hosted I Love My Park Day and Gone to the Dogs,
  • Tabled at Yorktown Community Street Fair and Support Connection Walk
  • Established Friends history online
  • Held contest to design a logo
  • Sent out solicitations to raise to funds
  • Established Mail Chimp mailing list

2014

  • Established calendar
  • Hosted  First Day Hike,Bird Walk,Love My Park Day, Friends BBQ, and Going to the Dogs
  • Tabled at Yorktown Community Street Fair and Support Connection Walk 
  • Tabled at two events – Support Connection Walk, Yorktown Street Fair

2015

  • Applied and received Parks and Trails New York grant for capacity building
  • Delays to work on the RTP grant  because paperwork from state was not complete.
  • Hosted First Day Hike, Bird Walk, Love My Park Day, Friends BBQ, Gone to the Dogs
  • Tabled at Yorktown Community Street Fair and Support Connection Walk
  • Sold T shirts with logo for visibiltiy and raise funds

 

2016

  • Applied and received a grant for interpretive signs about the the history of the Park, the CCC(Civilian Conservation Corps), and FDR.
  • Worked with Eric Fitzgerald for his Eagle project to build a bridge over the inlet stream to Crom Pond
  • Constructed a 107 foot long boardwalk
  • Worked with mountain bikers to build a 70 foot boardwalk
  • Held the First Day Hike, Bird Walk and National Trails Day Hike
  • Tabled at Yorktown Community Street Fair and Support Connection Walk
  • Held I Love My Park Day and Friends BBQ to increase attention
  • Hosted Yorktown High School Civic Internship who improved the website and included history of the land that became the park.  

2017

  • Held First Day Hike, Bird Walk, and National Trails Day
  • Tabled at Yorktown Community Street Fair and Support Connection Walk
  • Worked with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference to build a bridge over the outlet stream to Crom Pond
  • Gave program at John C Hart Library about what FDR State Park offers for recreation.
  • Obtained a shed from the park to hold Friends gear
  • Sowed wildflower seeds for a garden

2018

  • Installed five interpretive signs about the history of the park
  • Received grant from PCSB to print park maps
  • Held the First Day Hike, Hike Through History, and I Love My Park event
  • Hosted Yorktown High School Civic Internship who produced a video of recreational opportunities

2019

  • Started Vine Choppers Program and Ecoquest
  • Printed park maps
  • Joined the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference as a member club
  • Held the First Day Hike, two I Love My Park events, and Hudson River Valley Ramble
  • Hosted Yorktown High School Civic Internship who updated the Friends history and worked with the Vinecutters

Research on the history of the FDR Park has begun and is an ongoing work-in-progress.

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