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 Mountain bike users that own pets that would like to learn about the new FHSP Fall Creek road Dog Park please come out and help this Saturday start around 9am. Jeff Cummings (Property Naturalist) has asked the Friends of Fort Harrison State Park (FHSP) to help with a work day at the new dog park on Fall Creek. The Friends of FHSP has been around since 10/2011 and are an official 501 (c) 3 for a couple months now (yeah!). The Friends of FHSP is trying to expand our Synergy Friendship to the new Dog Park users. It would be great for HMBA, Friends of FHSP, and DNR folks to come together to support a great FHSP feature. Ok, if you hung in there, thank you for reading, I just had my second cancer surgery today and I am in recovery mode with restrictions but the Doctor did not say anything about lifting a Quarter Pounder. I do have some vintage home brews that need to be drunk. I will bring some HB wine for tasting, Yes you can drink alcohol in the park (responsibly of course) and thank you for time and patience in this lengthy blog "Wheels".

Fort Harrison State Park / Prescribed Burns at FHSP
« on: November 14, 2013, 09:49:58 PM »
There will be a Prescribed Burn starting tomorrow at noon and last for a couple of hours. The two areas will be the Millennium Grove area and the Walnut Grove. Because the wind will be coming out of the Southwest Schoen Creek will be smoky. Jeff Cummings said that the trail will remain open so ride with caution. The Walnut Grove area should not be an issue for riding Camp Glen or Lawrence Creek because the smoke will be heading Northwest. But please be aware of vehicles in the area and fire trucks (just in case). Both Prescribed Burns should be quick according to Jeff Cummings. ;D

Fort Harrison State Park / City of Lawrence July 4th Parade
« on: June 20, 2013, 08:12:29 AM »
See the HMBA Events thread for details. Come out and join us.

There will be a Fall Creek and Delaware Lake clean up on June 1st, 2013 9am - 3pm meet at the Sycamore shelter house. Depending upon the number of volunteers there will be a limited number of canoes and kayaks taking on Fall Creek and others will launch into Daleware Lake cleaning up the shore line of trash and fishing line. I realize that there is a Southwestway trail building kickoff planned the same day but it you are interested in working with the Friends of Fort Harrison State Park and other volunteers come join us. The park would like for your to sign up on to register. There will be lunch provided. If you bring your own canoe or kayak please bring the Personal Flotation Device (PFD) they are required. Fort Harrison management will make any rain event calls. That evening the Indianapolis Symphonic Band will be playing at the base of the sledding hill at 7:30pm. Bring a picnic and your favorite drink!  ;D

The second annual Friends of Fort Harrison State Park meeting will be held on April 4, 2013 at 7pm at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn in the Roosevelt Room. There will be lite snacks and display tables from 6pm - 7pm. Directions can be found at . I have send Paul Arlinghaus an invite the HMBA organization to staff a table but I have not heard from him yet. Everyone is welcome. We will have speaker and highlights of last year plus elections. This is an opportunity for you to support Fort Harrison State Park. Thanks Kirk Wheeler President of Friends of Fort Harrison State Park. 

Fort Harrison State Park / SchoenCreek notoriety
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:19:37 PM »
I was in the AppleBees's on Pendleton Pike today and noticed a cool picture on the right as I walked in to the establishment. It is a huge photo of Schoen Creek Bridge 3 with a mountain biker on it, man was I one proud trail builder to see that. A Great job well done and a big Thank you to everyone that has made Fort Harrison State Park an Urban Mountain Bike destination in Indianapolis.  ;D

Fort Harrison State Park / The Battle of the Bulge 2013
« on: January 04, 2013, 10:26:28 AM »
Some of us have been building trail under the cover of Gun fire but this year you have an opprotunity to come and watch the guys and gals reenact the Battle of the Bulge this Saturday 1pm. As a reminder the park will be packed with vehicles so come early or ride your bike in. The Schoen Creek trail will be closed for mountain biking during the event. If you want to volunteer and help out contact: Marylen Wallace at or call 317-501-8424.

January 12, 2013 will be a Hiking trail building day with REI in the new campcreek area and continued bridge work with Paul Arlinghaus. Yes, this is a hiking trail started by AmeriCorp in 2012 and HMBA has offered to help connect the dots. REI is helping also so we could potentially get allot done in a short amount of time. Stay tune as details develop and come out and help. 

Fort Harrison State Park / Return to the 40s dinner & Big Band dance
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:30:01 AM »
Halloween is over but You can still dress up and join others at the Fort Harrison State Park Inn to eat, dance to the sounds of local big band live music November 10, 2012 at 6pm. Individual $30, Couple $50 or an overnight dinner, dance and one night at the Inn $125. Dress up in the your favorite 40s dress, it could be a military dress uniform, a suit or fancy dress. You will have fun and help support the Fort Harrison State Park Inn, Call the Inn for reservations 317-638-6000.
Support your Local State Park Friends Groups

Thanks Kirk

Fort Harrison State Park / 2012 Fort Harrison State Park Deer Reduction
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:12:22 AM »
Everyone please be aware that Fort Harrison State Park will be closed for November 13-14, 2012 and November 26-27, 2012 for deer reduction. This is also a good reminder that it is Deer Hunting season from Oct thru Dec. Please checkout the DNR website as a starting point to call ahead for other closings through out the state. Support your local Friends of State Park Groups! Thanks Kirk

Fort Harrison State Park / Reenactments at Fort Harrison State Park
« on: August 23, 2012, 11:48:32 AM »
There will be a WWI battle demonstration that impacts the Schoen Creek Trail and parking lot between 2pm and 3pm this Saturday. Trail Guards will be posted at 1:30pm closing the trail. Come up and observe but please be courtious to the guards and others who are working the event.  ;D


Support Fort Harrison State Park by becoming a friend of Fort Harrison State Park. See our Facebook site. Scan the QR code above. Please stay on the designated multi use trails for mountain bikes. set an example be a good steward! ;D

OK everyone the time is approching to bring out your hiking gear, walking shoes, bikes of any type (please wear your helmet). I am getting the details for July 4th Lawrence parade what I know is it will be fun short and greatly appreciated. DNR will provide candy to hand out, Bring you smile and join the friends of Fort Harrison State Park and the park staff in the celebration. More details will follow soon. ;D

come out and help build more trail at Fort Harrison State Park June 2nd on National Trail day. REI will provide food (the rumor is burgers and brauts) and maybe a new grill. Should be a fun time. signup at www.REI/ for the National Trail day and Fort Harrison. 8)

This Thursday will be the Friends of Fort Harrison State Park first Public meeting to officially elect officers, introduce other 401 (3) C organizations that use the park, finger food and soft drinks, we have a John Schaust (naturalist) speaking. This is a big deal so come to the Fort Harrison State Park Inn at 7pm and mingle. ;D  Social hour starts at 6pm ;)

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