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    Here are some pics of Homeport in progress starting from the parking lot area and going down to the new beach launch. They used blacktop on the steepest bit of the path that would erode without paving. The black plastic honeycomb panels are geoforms that get filled and topped with gravel. The geoforms make the gravel pervious ie water is supposed to go through it rather than run off it. The boards are tied around the trees to protect the tree trunks from heavy equipment.

    Happy New Year!

    Lisa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    Here are some pics of Homeport in progress starting from the parking lot area and going down to the new beach launch. They used blacktop on the steepest bit of the path that would erode without paving. The black plastic honeycomb panels are geoforms that get filled and topped with gravel. The geoforms make the gravel pervious ie water is supposed to go through it rather than run off it. The boards are tied around the trees to protect the tree trunks from heavy equipment.

    Happy New Year!

    Lisa

    Those revisions look great and should make the uphill haul at the end of trip more manageable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa View Post
    Here are some pics of Homeport in progress starting from the parking lot area and going down to the new beach launch. They used blacktop on the steepest bit of the path that would erode without paving. The black plastic honeycomb panels are geoforms that get filled and topped with gravel. The geoforms make the gravel pervious ie water is supposed to go through it rather than run off it. The boards are tied around the trees to protect the tree trunks from heavy equipment.

    Happy New Year!

    Lisa
    Happy New Year indeed!

    The county is not only increasing water access. It's doing it right. Those are terrific improvements.
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    Incredible news!
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    Sometime next year I'll find the summer 2013 "how to open Homeport" plan I swatted up and gave to the director of Rec & Parks and post it here. The most ambitious item on it was a portapottie.

    The Bodkin launch makes the annual 4 park regional park pass a better value for kayakers and anglers. It includes Fort Smallwood park (one "big water" kayak launch and a fishing pier), Downs Park (one "big water" kayak launch, one sheltered water kayak launch and a fishing pier), Quiet Waters Park (you need the quads of a god to get a kayak down and then back up that .7 mile launch path hill) and Kinder Farm Park (there's a livestock watering tank in there somewhere).

    I bought my 2018 pass yesterday. Bring cash or a check, the county doesn't reliably take cards.

    If you're active or retired military don't buy a pass because you get in free. If you're over 60 you can get a $40 lifetime pass. Otherwise it's $30 county resident $40 non-county resident.

    Details here: http://www.aacounty.org/departments/...s/parks/downs/

    Here's to an early spring 2018!

    Lisa

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    Here's two pics from last week of the new Downs Park launch onto Locust Cove and the Bodkin. I don't know about the Bay but by now Locust Cove has to be frozen over.

    Lisa

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    Lisa,

    The fish there deserve a rest under the ice. They have no idea what's in store for them this spring when kayak anglers start using that beautiful new launch at Downs.
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    Lisa,
    You guys are life savers, that hike back up will be a breeze, looking forward to using it this spring!
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    Lisa ......... YOU ROCK !!!!!!!

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    Yes she does. Excellent work. I will have to try this launch this year.
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