Projects - Friends in the News
New Drinking Fountain Purchased!
Thanks to a grant provided by the Indiana Parks Alliance and donations from our community partners Cohron Homes, the Indiana Trail Running Association and other donors, the Friends of FHSP has purchased a new water fountain to be placed near the large playground and facilities across from the sledding hill. The fountain is ADA compliant and will also come with a bottle filler and pet fountain. To be installed in late fall 2019 or spring 2020.
New Bird Viewing Area Coming Soon!
The Friends of Fort Harrison are supporting the construction of a new bird viewing area. Dylan Allison, Park Naturalist, obtained a grant partially funding the project from the Amos Butler Chapter of the Indiana Audubon Society. The total cost of this project is estimated at $5000.
The viewing area will be located in an area east of the horse barns and west of the Millennium Grove area. Old "bird blinds" have been removed and bird feeding stations and new native plants have been added to attract a variety of birds year round. An additional ADA compliant trail will be constructed.
This past summer, the existing path connecting the Treeline trail to the viewing area was leveled for ease of walking. Work was started on the structure this past summer.
If interested in donating or volunteering toward this project, please contact us at email@example.com
BBQ and Blues Recap
Our second annual BBQ and Blues Fest was held on September 14th, 2019. This year's attendance was approximately 1600 patrons, over double the attendance of our 2018 event. We are grateful to our sponsors who made this event possible for our community. The performers were fantastic!
The festival organization committee met afterward to discuss opportunities for improvement for next year. Additional food vendors will be added. We are working with park staff in exploring options for improving admission to the park and providing greater accessibility for those with disabilities. We are confident that out 2020 event will be better than ever.
Ft. Harrison State Park Display at the Lawrence Library
Did you have the opportunity to check out the Fort Harrison State Park display at the Lawrence Library in September? Thanks to the interpretive staff and Friends group volunteers for putting together this colorful and interesting display.
Back the Track!
Back the Track! is a major fundraising initiative by the Friends of Fort Harrison State Park to support the resurfacing of the 59th Street track and other improvements. Click here to find out more!
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