As 2016 draws to a close, Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park is grateful for the donors and volunteers who have supported the mission of our organization.
During the past year, we funded an Eagle Scout project to replace a ramada adjacent to Doane Pond, helped pay to have the road to Boucher Hill resurfaced, and bought the materials to replace the bridge at Doane Valley Campground. We are pleased that the part time seasonal park interpreter that we have funded has been able to provide educational programs and outreach to some of the 100,000 visitors who spent time at the park this year.
In addition, we provided funding to close the gap between revenue and expenses for the park, and again supported the annual Apple Festival in October. We have also expanded and updated our website and presence on social media.
Next year, we are looking forward to the refurbishing of the amphitheater adjacent to Doane Valley Campground, and we are excited about plans taking shape to convert one of the unused park ranger residences into a visitor center.
The park we champion is your park, too. A living legacy created 83 years ago, our 1,800 acre Palomar Mountain State Park remains a great place to camp, hike, fish, picnic and visit with family and friends, or to enjoy some solitude. We want to ensure that this legacy will continue to grow and thrive for future campers, hikers, fishing enthusiasts and other park visitors.
Our legacy is your legacy, too. We rely on your ongoing support to ensure that we can assist in the maintenance and development of park facilities and programs. Please consider making a donation today that will enable us to continue assisting in the development and growth of park facilities and programs that enhance the park and the legacy that we share.