Friends of Ludington State Park Hamlin beach picnic area playground project

An artists rendering of the proposed Friends of Ludington State Park playground for the Hamlin beach picnic area. This is looking at it from the parking lot and shows the accessible ramps so all can access the two playscapes, one for ages 2-5 and the other for ages 5–12.

Here’s a link to the proposed Friends of Ludington State Park playground project for the Hamlin Beach picnic area.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdfubAjZobw

If the needed funds are raised, construction will begin for summer, 2018 use. Donations may be mailed to FLSP, P.O. Box, 123, Ludington, MI 49431 or made by credit card online through the Community Foundation for Mason County, www.mason-foundation.org

If you donate online through the foundation, search under “funds” for Friends of Ludington State Park. If you prefer to mail a check to the foundation, note in the memo area of the check FLSP playground project.

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Family-friendly, inclusive playground project to be unveiled

Family Friendly Inclusive Playground planned for Ludington State Park
Join the Friends of Ludington State Park Tuesday, June 20, from 5 to 7 p.m., to review plans for a new family friendly, inclusive playground at Ludington State Park’s Hamlin Lake beach area.
Friends of Ludington State Park, along with the Ludington State Park staff, will present the plan for the playground that will feature an area for ages 2 through 5 and one for ages 5 through 12.
The playground is designed to provide accessible routes of travel and inclusive play activities so that children of all abilities can participate.
“We welcome comments on the project from everyone,” Craig Rathke, FLSP treasurer who led the design effort for the non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that supports projects and activities for the betterment of Ludington State Park.
The open house and fund-raising kickoff will take place at the Hamlin beach picnic shelter. (Lake Michigan beach house will be used in case of inclement weather.)
Enjoy a s’more and a campfire as you learn about and review plans for the playground designed by Sinclair Recreation using GameTime equipment.
The FLSP board and LSP staff have long understood the need for a new playground at
the park popular with campers, visitors and the local community. The existing playground equipment is more than 50 years old.
 “This past winter we started planning for this project by interviewing four major playground company’s before selecting GameTime,” Rathke said.
“Our Family Friendly Inclusive Playground was designed by Sinclair Recreation, GameTime’s representative located in Holland, Michigan.”
GameTime is a leading U.S. manufacturer of commercial playgrounds. Its products combine play research with thoughtful design to create award-winning playgrounds for people of all abilities.
This will be a community build event, tentatively scheduled for 2018, with involvement from the FLSP volunteers, Ludington State Park staff and community members.
The cost of the project will be announced at the event as will plans to raise the needed funds.
The FLSP has already committed to $30,000 towards the cost and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will also provide partial funding. The FLSP commitment includes $13,000 it received for the project’s seed money as charity beneficiary of the 2017 Pure Ludington Brrrewfest this past January, for which FLSP provided volunteers.
“We are looking for financial support from our local communities and Ludington State Park
visitors to help us accomplish this goal,” Bob Sassin, FLSP president said.
To keep up with developments and donor opportunities, follow FLSP on its Friends of Ludington State Park Facebook page. Details will also be posted to its website, www.ludingtonfriends.com. You may also email FLSPplaground@gmail.com.
Please come to the open house and design unveil at the Hamlin Lake beach picnic area in Ludington State Park Tuesday, June 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. to learn much more. The s’mores are on FLSP.
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Snowshoe weaving classes

For several years now, Friends of Ludington State Park have sponsored the snowshoe making classes at the park, and for a couple years at other parks, too.

Participants will learn to weave a pair of traditional wooden snowshoes, similar to how the Native Americans crafted them for generations.

The cost for making a pair of snowshoes is $190 and includes the pre-formed wooden frames, lacing, high-quality bindings and personal instruction. Classes are designed to be fun, informative and interesting. Because this is an activity that requires concentration over long periods of time, it is suggested for ages 16 years and older.

These hand-made snowshoes can be used for hiking throughout the winter, given as holiday gifts, and / or used as a decoration in your home. Snowshoeing is an easy, inexpensive way to get outside and burn some calories during the winter months.

Class sizes are limited and reservations are required!

Look for the announcement of this year’s dates on the Friends of Ludington State Park Facebook page.

 

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Wildlife sighting log located in the warming shelter

The Friends of Ludington State Park have installed a Wildlife Sightings Log (3-ring binder) inside the  Warming Shelter north of the toll booth. The log book is placed on a nice wooden shelf by the north window, which overlooks the new bird feeding station. FLSP board member and expert birder Dave Dister recently updated the log with his  most notable bird sightings from May through early November. Please check out the log book and mark any noteworthy birds or other wildlife (otters, etc.) seen or heard at the park. By the way, during the summer months, this log book may be moved to the renovated Beach House as a more prominent setting for park visitors.
 Van Burmeister donated a Golden Guide to Birds of North America, which rests next to the 3-ring Wildlife Sightings binder.
Please share what you see in Ludington State Park.
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How to join

Friends of Ludington State Park (FLSP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting wise use and conservation of this gem that is Ludington State Park.

FLSP works to support and improve the park through the funding of projects, recreational equipment and interpretive programs and by volunteering to assist park staff on projects and trail clean-up.

FLSP maintains a  page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FriendsOfLudingtonStatePark.

Support the programs and volunteer activities provided by the Friends of Ludington State Park by becoming a member.Your membership will help support activities and programs that promote and improve the park.

Since the FLSP organization was created nearly 20 years ago, the Friends of Ludington State Park have:

• Funded construction of the park warming shelter and repaires to CCC trail shelters

• Funded interpretive programs and displays

• Purchased snowshoes and a cross country ski groomer

• Funded educational programs and entertainment that  are held at the park amphitheater

• Purchased trees to replace those destroyed by invasive pests

• Volunteered time to assist with trail maintenance and clean- up

• Cleans 2 miles of M-116 south of the Big Sable River through the MDOT Adopt-A-Highway prograam

The Friends of Ludington State Park wants to provide all park users the opportunity to participate in assisting the park through the membership drive. If you are interested, following is a form you may complete and mail.

Friends of Ludington State Park Membership Application

(Check one)

□  Family   $ 20.00     □  Individual    $ 15.00        □  Student  $   5.00

Name:___________________________
Phone Number: (_____) _____-______ (optional)

Email:____________________________________@____________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________________________

       (City) ___________________________ (State) ____ (Zip code) ____________

Return this completed portion along with payment to:

Friends of Ludington State Park

       P.O. Box 123, Ludington, Michigan 49431

(Checks should be payable to “Friends of Ludington State Park”)

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About the Friends of Ludington State Park

Friends of Ludington State Park (FLSP) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting wise use and conservation of this gem that is Ludington State Park.
FLSP works to support and improve the park through the funding of projects, recreational equipment and interpretive programs and by volunteering to assist park staff on projects and trail clean-up.
FLSP maintains a presence on Facebook: www.facebook.com/FriendsOfLudingtonStatePark.

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Enjoy snowshoe hiking at Ludington State Park this winter

Ludington State Park offers “Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoeing Event” on selected Saturdays in January and February

Ludington State Park in Mason County is offering free Saturday “Lantern Lit Ski and Snowshoeing Event” in January and February, weather permitting. This event will be offered each of the designate Saturdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors can bring their cross country skis and / or snowshoes out to ski or walk a lighted groomed trail through Ludington State Park’s snow-covered forested sand dunes.

The lighted trail starts out from the Warming Shelter located next to the parking lot at the end of State Highway M-116. The park has some snowshoes to loan out on a first-come, first-serve basis. The park has no cross country skis to loan out.  Reservations are not required.

Park staff will be on hand to help visitors get started. Participants are advised to dress warm.  Along the trail park staff will be attending a warming fire with free hot beverages for participants.  They will also be there to answer any questions about the park.

Ludington State Park, also, offers several miles of groomed cross country ski trails for beginners through expert. The park offers winter camping and heated mini cabins are available for rent. The Park offers free “Free Guided Snowshoe Walks,” 3 p.m. and repeated at 7 p.m. in January and February. Come out and enjoy the natural winter beauty this park offers.

Look for announcements of the dates on the Friends of Ludington State Park Facebook page.

Ludington State Park is located at 8800 W. M-116 in Ludington. For details, call 231-843-9261.

Snowshoe hikes and cross-country ski events are taking place this winter at many state parks across Michigan. To learn more, visit. www.michigan.gov/gogetoutdoors. For information about Ludington State Park, visit www.michigan.gov/ludington.

This series of hikes is free; however A Recreation Passport is required for entry into all Michigan State Parks and Recreation Areas. Check “YES” when you renew your license plate. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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A message from your Friends board

On a more serious note, we friends are not at all a part of the state organization.

Instead, we function privately, as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, to promote the wise use and conservation of this park, one of the most beautiful state parks ever. In doing so, we also raise funds, through contributions and through sales of things like books and sweatshirts, so that we can contribute to park operation wherever things are needed that haven’t been put in the state budget. (Generally contributions are tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor.)

We try to support and improve the park within the bounds of limits set up by the state. Our function is to enhance and promote the park operation. In doing so, we pass on suggestions made by visitors, coordinate some volunteer efforts, and sometimes help with changes to the facility.

We try to be a small, flexible organization that is able to be of help to the park management. We’re glad the state tolerates us, but we think we’re pretty tolerable.

Keep up with the latest on our facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfLudingtonStatePark

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