THE FOX ISLAND INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND UPDATE
August 12, 2021—If you have been to Fox Island State Beach lately, you may notice that more work is being done to prepare the site for the all-inclusive playground. We had originally been scheduled the dedication of the playground in July. Due to unforeseen circumstances at the playground equipment factory, we have been substantiallydelayed. We still look for the playground to be completed this fall.
We are hopingfor a September/October dedication for the playground.
There are many who have been ready to do the “community build” where
volunteers help to assemble the equipment at Fox Island under the guidance of Midstates Recreation. We appreciate your patience! This is be a 2 to 3-day buildso many helpful hands will be needed. Please send an email to Linda Coil at email@example.com if you are willing to help. If you can put a bolt and screw together, you are more than capable of volunteering and making this playground happen. Food will be provided for all who help.
The in-kind donations from Shoreline Construction, Reichert Excavating and
Maier Concrete Construction have brought this project to life. The many small to large monetary donations have made this project possible. The partnership between ILDC and the Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities in the shared vision of an all-inclusive playground has been invaluable. But the project isn’t completed yet. We need a little more funding to finish the job.
ILDC would like to put a total of four to six benches long the edge of the
playground. To accomplish that goal, a challenge has been made by the residents of Long Island. They have donated the $2,500 to have a bench with their name on it and they are challenging all the other Islands and communities of Indian Lake to donate for a bench as well. If your Island association or neighborhood group would like to accept that challenge, please mail your donation of $2,500 to ILDC, Fox Island Playground Bench, P.O. Box 103, Russells Point, OH 43348-0103, and indicate what name should be on the bench.
WE ARE ALMOST THERE!
HondaGO Volunteers Clean Up Shoreline at Indian Lake State Park
May 21, 2021 — Nearly 60 HondaGO volunteers and other citizen volunteers cleared brush from the west and south shoreline of Indian Lake. These hard workers worked tirelessly to help make the lake look more attractive. ILDC is grateful for all the assistance these Honda employees and volunteers do to keep the lake clean and beautiful.
Another group painted restrooms at the Sate Park Campgrounds.
In addition, 10 graduating seniors from Indian Lake High School cleaned up litter and trash from along the shorelines as part of their Senior Community Service Day before they graduate. ILDC also thanks them for their service.
Click on the image at the left to view photos.
Right on Target!
June 22, 2020 — For all the archers or potential archers in the area, the Indian Lake State Park has built an archery range at the Moundwood Marina area off SR 368, across the parking lot and behind the Logan County Recycling Center there. It offers a quiet area with backstops to attach your targets and best of all, it's free to use.
ILDC Undertakes Largest Project in ILDC History!
August 19, 2020 UPDATE: — At the August ILDC meeting, members voted to transfer some encumbered funds (that were not used in 2020 due to cancellation of events because of the Covid-19 pandemic orders) to the Fox Island Playground project fund. The project has now raised over $64,000 towards the goal.
June 22, 2020 UPDATE: — A GoFundMe page has been established for anybody who would like to contribute to this worthwhile project for Fox Island. In addition, funding from the Logan County DD was delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic but the executive director has committed to contributing up to $100,000 towards the project, which could very well get us started to purchasing some of the equipment. Cynthia Defibaugh, chair of the "Come Play at the Lake" playground committee states that the public will be invited to assist in choosing the equipment and possibly the design of the playground to ensure that our playground is inclusive for nearly all.
February 21, 2020 — Late in 2019, ILDC made a decision that became the largest project the group has ever taken on: the Fox Island Playground Project. The playground originally planned was just to replace the existing playground on Fox Island. The project grew as public input indicated the need for an inclusive (meaning that anybody with a disability could play just as those who don't have a disability) playground would be ideal at Fox Island. Fox Island already has a smaller beach that many families use and the inclusive playground will help those families. In addition, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Parks and Watercraft Division has earmarked funds to replace the existing restroom facilities to a new, inclusive restroom facility. Many of ILDC's fundraising efforts are earmarked for this important project.
It is estimated to cost approximately $250,000 to purchase and install this playground so ILDC is planning many fundraising and grant opportunities but also seek donations from citizens. (To donate, click on Projects menu>Fox Island Playground).
HondaGO Goes at it Again!
July 17, 2019 — Interning engineering students from Honda Transmission Manufacturing (HTM) volunteered to assist the state park on Tuesday, July 17. Nearly 30 associates met at the Multi-Purpose Building at the Indian Lake State Park Campgrounds to shovel sand and level out at the campground playgrounds, place mulch around trees and paint campground restroom interiors. "Their work is greatly appreciated not only by me but by our campground visitors. First impressions go a long way," stated state park manager George Sholtis to the group.
HondaGO Associates Volunteer
June 14, 2019 — Associates of various Honda facilities' accounting departments volunteered to assist the state park on Friday, June 14. Nearly 30 associates from different areas gathered at Moundwood to rake debris, add gravel to seawalls along the Moundwood channel and at the Moundwood marina, mulch around Memorial Trees, and trim and clean areas along the walking trail at Pew Island. Their assistance helped beautify and repair damage caused by high water during the winter and spring rains.
OLD FIELD BEACH SHADE SHELTERS
May 15, 2019 — Both shade shelter houses have been completed at Old Field Beach! These structures are perfect for families holding family reunions at the beach, as they are furnished with concrete floors, roofs for shelter from the rain and sun, and picnic tables. These shelters were purchased with funds provided by ILDC and were constructed by state park employees.
ADA-Compliant Dock and Ramp Completed
May 15, 2019 — Thanks to a donation for the ADA-compliant dock and ramp, the project has been completed at the harbor in Russells Point. The project consisted of a new boat dock wider than the current docks to accommodate a wheel chair coming off a pontoon boat, and an aluminum ramp with railing from the dock level up to the sidewalk at street level. Volunteers helped install the ramp and railings and Shoreline Construction constructed the boat dock. Thanks to all who donated time, funds, and materials to this important project.
FORE! DISC GOLF COURSE AVAILABLE FOR PLAY!
May 15, 2019 — At the end of April, volunteers and state park employees installed a 9 hole Disc Golf course that is at Old Field Beach, from close to the beach to all the way up to State Route 235. It is now technically a Pro course. Everything is installed minus the actual Tee and Rules signs. Work to get the layouts done and printed is in progress.
To assist in purchasing additional red mats to support women/recreational size tee pads, ILDC may be looking for long-term sponsorships of the nine holes.
The baskets were donated by Paul Jay and the Columbus Flyers Disc Golf Club. $1,500 was donated from HONDA for supplies used for installation. We then had $150 from a couple that came to a ILDC meeting that will go towards the purchase of the signs.
Once better weather arrives consistently, the course should see lots of play!
SHADED SHELTER AREAS COMING SOON TO OLD FIELD BEACH
May 29, 2018 — The first shaded shelter house is scheduled to be installed at Old Field Beach this summer season thanks to the continued work of a volunteer civic organization dedicated to beautifying Indian Lake and its surrounding public green spaces.
In addition to fundraising and installing shade shelter houses on both the north and south sides of Old Field Beach, the ILDC will continue in 2018 its extended history of assisting in the beautification and maintenance of the park and public green spaces.
The first shade shelter was purchased last year, and will be situated on the south side of the beach, near the restrooms. It is large enough to accommodate approximately eight picnic tables.
Money is still being raised for a second shelter on the north side of Old Field Beach.
Additionally, playground equipment is scheduled to be installed in the area of Chippewa trails, according to a spring newsletter from the ILDC.
Similarly, fundraising efforts are scheduled to raise money for the purchase of new playground equipment for Lakeview Harbor and Fox Island.
Formed in 1983, ILDC is a membership-based civic organization dedicated to, "promoting community awareness and partnership with Indian Lake State Park."
Membership dues in the not-for-profit agency are $10 annually, and meetings are staged on the third Wednesday of the month at the Indian Lake State Park office.
Th ILDC complements the beautification efforts of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources at the park by helping to provide amenities for which limited, or no public funding may be available, agency president Dale Frymyer and vice president Randy Wax explained recently while landscaping at the park in conjunction with the Logan County United Way community service day.
Last year, ILDC oversaw all landscaping park signage, and also worked closely with Indian Lake Schools to build and hang birdhouses around the park.
Members of ILDC also help to clear trails by removing dead limbs and branches.
Now in its third year, the ILDC Memorial Tree program continues to flourish. Fourteen new memorial trees were already planted this spring, and more than 625 trees were planted since the program began in 2016.
Volunteers associated with ILDC pick up trash at restrooms and shelter houses, weed flower beds and spread mulch when needed.
More information is available at www.ildcohio.org.
(Reprinted from the Bellefontaine Examiner 2018 Indian Lake Guide)
DATES SET FOR ADDITIONAL CLEAN UP DAYS AT STATE PARK
April 18, 2018 — ILDC Volunteer coordinator Charlie Strete announced additional dates that Honda GO volunteers will be assisting in clean up/spruce up around the Indian Lake State Park and Campground areas. Mr. Strete also stressed that the public is also welcome to volunteer because, "as the saying goes, many hands make light work." The workday dates and information for volunteering are:
Saturday, April 21 from 9:15am to 1:15pm at Old Field Beach. Lunch Provided.
Friday, April 27 from 8:00am to 1:45pm. TBA
Friday, May 11 from 9:00am -. TBA (United Way of Logan County Community Care Day)
Friday, June 15 from 8:00am to 1:45pm. TBA
If you would like to help on these projects, contact Charlie Strete at 740/215-1110.
SPRING CLEANING BEGINS AT INDIAN LAKE
April 17, 2018 — Local volunteers, ILDC members, Indian Lake State Park (ODNR) employees and HONDA GO associates from Honda of America Mfg. (HAM) and Honda Transmission Manufacturing (HTM) kicked off Spring cleaning around the parks at Indian Lake, Friday April 13. Friday the 13th turned out to be anything but unlucky! It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day!
Cleanup was done at Fox Island and Post Office Island from 8 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. An extensive amount of cleanup was accomplished. It could not have been a more perfect outcome.
Volunteers accomplished shoreline cleaning, flowerbed weeding, spreading of river rock, tree edging, tree mulching and general sprucing up of the two islands. Everyone attacked these chores with a smile on their face in appreciation for the beautiful lake available to us.
The Honda GO volunteer associates are doing the State Park a great favor in choosing to work with us around the lake. Multiple Honda plants are scheduling dates to volunteer, performing tasks needing attention, including the Marysville Auto Plant and Honda Transmission Manufacturing at Russells Point.
Saturday, April 21 is scheduled for cleaning the Old Field Beach area, Blackhawk shelter house and boat ramp area. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and our goal is to have these areas looking sharp to celebrate the date.
Future cleaning dates are also being discussed. The particular areas to receive attention are determined by the number of volunteers expected, park needs, weather and capabilities of the volunteers. Besides shoreline cleaning, we plan to accomplish some painting of restrooms, help construct playground equipment, build shade structures and whatever else can be done to help make our lake a safe and beautiful environment for all to share.
If you would like to help on these projects, contact Charlie Strete at 740/215-1110 or Dale Frymyer at 937/539-0430.