I Love My Parks Day - May 6th.
I Love My Parks Day is Saturday May 6th beginning at 9:00A.M. and going through the morning. We are hoping for a large turnout from our local skiers and Friends’ members to show our support of and interest in the Park. This
is a day for volunteers to help with projects around the Park,
socializing with those friends we usually see only on the trails,
readying campsites for the summer season and clearing the trails of the
winter accumulation of branches. Volunteers are needed to rake
campsites, walk trails and a couple of people to prepare the winter
signs for next season, as well as one person to organize the cupboards
in the Lodge and do a little light cleaning. We also need someone to
man the grill to provide some hot dogs for the volunteers and someone
to spruce up the little garden at the back of the lodge.
Volunteers will receive an “I Love My Parks” tee shirt.
The Park has a limited supply of rakes so if as many volunteers as possible could bring one with them it would be helpful.
Hoping to see many of you on Saturday.
Ed & Judy
On behalf of the Friends of the Park
|Higley Association Meeting 6/13/17|
Our next meeting is June 13th, 7pm, Higley Trails Lodge.
More On The Groomer Appeal
to everyone who has already responded, and I apologize for including
you in our continuing appeals, but we are just a volunteer outfit, plus
I want to keep everyone updated on our efforts.
above is a A Tidd Tech Compactor and Track Setter used at Higley
Flow State Park for the grooming of x-country ski trails. The
Friends and Volunteers who groom the trails actually have access to two
Tidd Techs -- one that can be adjusted from 4 to 6 feet wide, the other
from 6 - 8 feet.
We also have access
to a six foot wide Ginzu Groomer made by Yellowstone Track Systems
as well as a Roller/Compactor, a corrugated roller which creates the
flat corduroy surface so many of you are used to at the Park.
course, as I've mentioned previously, neither the Park nor the Friends
own any of this equipment, and it's time for us to step up to that
plate, so I'm hoping you will help us meet our goal of $15000 for our
first groomer snowmobile to pull all these compactors and track setters.
Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc., is a registered
501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are deductible
to the fullest extent of the law.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you at the Park.
Tom FrenchPast President, Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc.
Tom French Answers Groomer Appeal Questions
Dear Friend of Higley Flow,
Thanks to everyone who has already responded generously to our Membership Renewal Groomer Appeal
. If you haven't had a chance yet, I encourage you to make a contribution now
In the interest of letting everyone know about the logistics of
grooming x-country ski trails, I thought I'd send a couple e-mails
explaining the equipment required.
Why $15,000? Isn’t that a lot for a Snowmobile?
people have asked these questions. The simple answer is that a
grooming sled is not a recreational vehicle. It is a heavy-duty utility
vehicle with a wider track for traction but does not leave a
“footprint.” It has special skis to make it easier to turn at low
speeds. The transmission has a low range for towing heavy loads as well
as a reverse for hooking up to drags. It has additional warning
lights, safety equipment, and a supplemental electrical system for the
electrically operated hydraulics on the groomers.
new groomer will have a hitch point located near the middle of the sled
(on what is normally the passenger section of the seat) to better
distribute the weight of the groomer and to facilitate turning on
trails. The new sled will also have a winch to pull the sled and
groomer out when either gets stuck.
Who Actually Grooms the Trails?
of you probably know the answer to this question. St. Lawrence
University does contribute a sled and pays someone to groom the trails
being used by their x-country ski team. But for as long as I’ve been
skiing at Higley Flow State Park (over 20 years), much of the grooming
has been done by Ed & Judy Fuhr who have volunteered their time
(hundreds of hours every season) and used their own (two) snowmobiles.
As we move forward, the time has come for a changing of the guard.
in the tradition of Fuhr generosity, they have offered to help train
the cadre of volunteers that will be necessary to maintain the level of
excellence we have come to enjoy and expect at the Park.
this also means that the Friends need to have their own groomer. As
I’ve indicated previously, the State Park does not own nor does it
contribute to the actual grooming of the trails. The two sleds used by
the Fuhrs belong to the Fuhrs. One of those is over ten years old and
reaching the end of its useful life. We cannot expect them to bear the
cost of a new sled. It’s time for the Friends and users of the
facilities to step up to this plate.
How Much Do Ski Areas Usually Charge?
Nordic Ski Areas charge between $10-$20/day for a ski pass with season
passes pushing $200 at some areas. Of course, skiing at Higley Flow
State Park is "free" but for the contributions of volunteers and members
like you. If you have not yet done so and you enjoy the groomed
trails at the Park, would you consider a Contribution of $50, $100, or More
? You can easily Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
electroncially by clicking on this link, Friends of Higley Flow Groomer Appeal
, where you can use Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
you for your time, consideration, and generosity. Winter is coming –
we could have snow within the month. I look forward to seeing you on
President, Friends of Higley Flow State Park
Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3)
charitable organization and contributions are deductible to the fullest
extent of the law. A copy of The Friends Group’s annual report may be
obtained, upon request, from us or from the New York State Attorney
General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York,
you know that the Friends of Higley Flow State Park don't actually own
a ski groomer?
Here's how you can help keep our trails in top shape.
If you've enjoyed the groomed trails at Higley, then
you've enjoyed the generosity of St. Lawrence University and
individuals who have used their own equipment (and time) for several
Unfortunately, that time is ending, and it has
become apparent that the Friends need to buy a new snowmobile to
replace an aging 12-year-old sled currently supplied by
volunteers. As a result, I am writing to ask that you consider a
contribution to our Groomer Appeal
Our goal is a modest
$15,000, but we need to raise the money by December in order to insure
delivery of the sled by Christmas. You can easily Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
by clicking on this link, Friends of Higley Flow Groomer Appeal
you can use Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or
Discover. If you use and enjoy the groomed trails at the Park,
would you consider a Contribution of $50, $100, or More
It's membership renewal time for the Friends of
Higley Flow SP, and I want to thank those of you who have already
contributed this year. But if you have not yet renewed or joined
the Friends of Higley Flow State Park this year, Now is the Time
Please consider a Contribution to our Groomer Appeal
and Join the Friends at the Same Time
addition to the grooming work done by volunteers and SLU, we host
evening hours at the Park during the winter months, organize trail days
in the spring and fall to prepare the trails for the coming seasons,
sponsor the annual Century Bike Ride, and provide activities at the
Park for the Colton Winterfest.
As times change, the Friends of Higley Flow SP will
need to adapt as well in order to continue the level of excellence
people have come to expect on our trails. One of the first steps
is to provide the equipment necessary to keep the trails groomed.
I urge you to consider a Contribution Now
Thank you for your time,
President, Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc.
The Friends of Higley Flow State Park, Inc., is a
registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and contributions are
deductible to the fullest extent of the law. A copy of The
Friends Group’s annual report may be obtained, upon request, from us or
from the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL
Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271
Normal hours on Wednesday and Friday are 8 AM to 5 PM for the Park,
with the Lodge closing at 3:00 PM. Weekend hours are 8 AM to 5 PM
for both the Park and the Lodge.
May 4, 2013 - Some of the volunteers for I Love My
Parks workday stand in front of the newly-completed Trails Lodge.