I wish to express my gratitude to the Douglas County Commissioners for agreeing to let the Friends of Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park Association have the opportunity to raise $65,000 toward building an equestrian and a non-equestrian campground at the park. It is hoped that camping opportunities will bring in badly needed income to help pay the operating expenses of the park.
If the required amount is not raised, the county will go ahead with its plan to clear-cut 20 acres of forest on the far north edge of the park.
Many fundraising events have been planned by local interest groups who value and enjoy the park. An atmosphere of community togetherness and cooperation has been fostered by the county’s offer to work together. We are hopeful that this is the beginning of a relationship that will benefit us all in the future. (Perhaps we can set an example for Washington, D.C.?)
Oregon has many horse camps, but none in our area. Equestrians who enjoy camping with their horses will be eager to come and enjoy our beautiful park with its lovely trails and beautiful views.
People without horses enjoy camping as well and there are many things at the park for them to enjoy.
Restoration of the English Settlement School is going well and a new roof is scheduled as soon as the weather settles down. Ground-penetrating radar will be searching for pioneer grave sites this spring. Also underway is restoration of the heritage orchard with the varieties listed on the orchard diagram made by Mildred Kanipe. Some that were previously thought to be extinct have been found for this project.
Thanks to everyone who is working on all of this.