Great American Clean-up postponed to Sat Apr 28

Heavy wet snow will obscure trash. Let’s wait until next Saturday

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Friends Group Meeting Notes 19 April 2018

Meeting was held at JAKs Brewery.  Dana Nordstrom, Adam Baker, Larry Fariss, Cris and Rich Mock attended.

The Great American Cleanup is 21 Apr at Homestead Ranch.  Four people have signed up: Susan & Alleah Baron, Susan Grosenheider and myself.  This is a rain/snow or shine event that starts at 0900.  I picked up gloves, vests and trash bags from the county.  The plan is to pick up trash around the base area, upper trails and the entrance road.  It shouldn’t take us more that two hours and others are welcome.  Thanks for your help in keeping Homestead great!
We discussed the future of this friends group.  Adam suggested projects such as noxious weed control, staining the bridge and sapling thinning where workers could take some home.  I know I’m interested in that.  Dana mentioned a potential equestrian skills course that she will discuss with her leadership.  Larry suggested leveraging the unofficial Pineries group.  Bottom line is that this is a great park but participation suffers from its distant location.
I’ve led this friends group for three years and have established this free website and a gmail account friendsofhomestead ranch@gmail.com.  I got involved when improvements were made to the pond and ended up on the County Parks Advisory Board where I met a great group of county staff.  Now I’m on the Fairgrounds Corporation.  I really enjoy working with the county but the time has come for a change of leadership for the Homestead Friends group.  I used to walk my dogs frequently but they’re now old and I only get to the park occasionally.  So we’re looking for someone who is more involved to take the group to the next level.  I’ve established a foundation to build on.  So let us know if you’re interested.  I will give you the keys to the website, email and free advice (worth exactly what you paid for).  I plan to stay involved with the county and work the Woodlake Trail that I helped establish several years ago.
Peace out,
Rich & Cris Mock

Spring 2016 Meeting 26 May, 5 PM at JAKs Brewery in Falcon

Meeting was held at JAKs Brewery in Falcon.
The meeting began with introductions to include how each person uses the park
Dana Nordstrom discussed parks friends groups in general.  She suggested we may want to form a non-profit 501c3 org sometime in the future when we have money.  She also mentioned that the county had two tool trailers available for our use.  The county collects $1.50 per person per year to fund parks.
Adam Baker discussed the status of ongoing projects at the park: $25K needed for erosion control (funded by Capitol Improvement Projects), windmill being fixed ($5K which is half of the operating budget for all county parks).  The group requested the horse mounting steps be moved away from the hitching rail 15-20 feet for better access.  Adam agreed to do this.  Dennis mentioned flooding on the new horse loop trail,  Adam responded that this is being addressed.  Adam also mentioned enforcement of the “out of control” dog ordinance at all county parks,
The horse poker run will take place sometime after the county fair.
Jean Foran requested heated toilet seats when we get filthy rich 🙂
The group may want to consider a conservation easement in the future to prevent park sellout.  This is a long term project that will require funding.
The group agreed on a noxious weed control as its initial project on Th, 23 Jun from 5-8 PM.  
Other potential projects are listed under volunteer opportunities on the county parks website http://adm.elpasoco.com/CommunityServices/ParkOperations/Pages/default.aspx
Rich Mock mentioned ongoing discussions with the county on a potential off leash dog area.  Details are on the HR Friends website https://friendsofhomesteadranch.wordpress.com/ Please provide your inputs to him for further discussions with county parks.
The group decided to meet quarterly.  Next meeting will be in August at a quieter location (Falcon Library, Firehouse, Rec Center or my fav, Antlers Grill at the golf course).