Thanks to Joan Newlon, Executive Assistant for Upper New York Camp and Retreat Ministries, for this update:
The Lakeside Nature Trail, to be named in honor of Jim Krager for his 45 years of ministry at Sky Lake, is getting some exciting upgrades thanks to generous donors.
Thirty-one (31) interpretive panels and mounting posts have been purchased and placed. The first batch of signs were placed along the trail last autumn, and the second batch (which arrived over the winter) were put in place last week. These panels include a mix of educational information about native birds, animals, trees, and life cycles which will prove to be a real asset in teaching our campers and guests about God’s wonderful Creation.
Five benches have also been added to strategic spots along the trail, both for viewing and for resting.
A trailhead sign honoring Jim, which will also highlight a map of the area around the lake, will be placed at the main entry of the trail prior to our Grand Opening on May 15th.
We are pleased and very grateful for David Ash, an Eagle Scout who rebuilt one of the bridges on the east shore and saved us much of the initial estimated cost.
Funds are still needed to refurbish the currently-accessible section of the trail in this first phase of the project. This part of the trail will be wide enough for wheelchairs and will consist of material which will make it easy for individuals with limited mobility to use the trail safely. Our hope is to do the work of renovating this section “in-house” as soon as we have funds in hand, in order to reduce the cost of the labor.
Make your gift today to help us continue to develop what will become a premiere walking trail around Sky Lake, and then join us for a small reception prior to our Open House event on May 15th. A number of Upper New York’s Camp & Retreat Ministry staff members as well as Sky Lake staff will be present to express their appreciation; Jim Krager will also be present to officially cut the ribbon; and as a way of saying “thank you” to those who have given a financial gift to this project, we will open the trail so that you are formally the first walkers to enjoy the improvements we have been able to make.
Please plan on joining us at noon on the South Porch of Founders’ Lodge and let us thank you in person for what you have made possible. RSVP to Joan Newlon, Executive Assistant for CRM, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 315-424-7878 ext. 309 to let us know that you will be joining us.
You may send a check made out to “UNYAC-Sky Lake Trail” to UNYAC-CRM, Attn: Joan Newlon, 324 University Ave., 3rd fl. Syracuse, NY 13210. Or you can give online. Please be sure to note “Sky Lake Trail” in the box beside “Camp and Retreat Ministries.”
Thanks in advance for your generous support. We’re very much looking forward to seeing you on May 15th.