Call to Order - Jane Daniels, President
- Introductions and sign in
- Acceptance of Minutes of March 11, 2015 meeting
Financial Report – Jim Brosnan
- Finalizing I Love My Park Day - May 2
- Scheduling June Bird Walk with Bedford Audubon
- Parks and Trails New York Grant update
- Recreational Trails Grant update
Park Manager’s Minute (Brian Strasavich)
Upcoming meetings Wednesday, May , May 13 – All meetings are at 7:30 pm in the FDR Park Office
Meeting minutes status:
Minutes of March 11, 2015 meeting were accepted.
Financial – Jim Brosnan reported a bank balance at the end of March of $2,127.68
I Love My Park Day Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Brian reported that he has an Eagle Scout to assemble the picnic tables and will have flowers to plant in containers as an alternate to vine cutting. Someone from the NY-NJ Trail Conference will be available to help identify (invasive) plants. There will be two other events in FDR that day.
- Signs: Mark will hang the large signs out by the park entrance on Route 202 and will be placing/removing directional signs within the park
- Check in: Maria and Dianne from 10-12, Jane and Efrain from 12-2
- Photos and publicity: Anwer
- Lower Hudson Geocaching’s Cache in Trash out at Baldwin Road: Melissa
- Refreshments: Maria (water), Jane and Diane (treats)
- We will bring our own loppers and other tools since Brian may not have enough. Jane will try to borrow some tools from Teatown
Early Morning Bird Walk Saturday June 13
Dianne reported that Bedford Audubon really wants to do a bird walk and likes the idea of using Indian Hill. It is good that an organization wants to do an event with us. However, the field needs to be mowed. Brian does not have the staff to mow it, but realizes that an event like this one is good for both the park and the Friends. Jane asked could we hire someone to do it, as it was done 2 years ago. Jane will obtain the name of the person who did it the last time and forward it to Brian and Dianne. If we cannot find anybody, Brian will try and mow the main trail.
Recreational Trails Grant:Jane reportedthat we are now waiting for DOT to review our application. As yet, no one has had their application forwarded to the Federal Government. She doubts that we will be able to work on the bridge project this summer, but maybe in the fall.
National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, 2015
Jane will sign up for a National Trails Day event, working on the connection to town in an area that was not specified in the grant, but needs to be done. It will be from 9-12, meeting at French Hill School. We will be removing invasives and clearing trails.
Park Manager’s Minute:
Brian Strasavich reported OPRHP is investigating bow hunting (no professionals) at Indian Hill and maybe French Hill. No Hunting in FDR. The road behind the bath house will be closed April 15-17 while tree work is being done. If anybody knows somebody who would like to be a life guard over the summer, the hourly pay is $15.56. The second and third week in May the staff will be painting the pool. Contact Brian if you wish to help. Comfort Stations 2 and 4 are now open. Brian mentioned that he would love to have wildflowers (a meadow) between the road and the Taconic near parking lot 3. The cost is likely to be too prohibitive. Trees, Inc took down some big trees in areas where picnic benches are placed, since safety comes first. These trees will be replaced. Another Eagle’s Project will be the placing of two kiosks opposite Strang Boulevard; and a Girl Scout Gold candidate will plant flowers at both park entrances. Brian showed us the new “laminated” RESERVED signs.
Jane suggested that the fall fundraiser be to buy wildflower seed as this is a project that would benefit everyone.
Charlie offered to put up the new rack card holders/boxes. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm.
May 2, 2015: I Love My Park Day
Submitted by: Jane Daniels with help from Maria Adams