Our story is a short one and our goal is pretty simple, helping Sadlers Creek State Park in any way we can.
Hi, I’m John Seegers, President of The Friends of Sadlers Creek State Park. I moved to Anderson in May of 2017 from the Richmond, VA area where I was heavily involved in a friends group there. I believe in the importance of parks like Sadlers Creek as special places for people to go and enjoy and experience the restorative nature of being outdoors. Camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, cycling – anything that brings us outside makes us better inside.
As soon as I moved here I began to establish a relationship with the park and through a cooperative effort we made several trail improvements and even added nearly an additional mile of bike trail incorporating beautiful lakeside points.
During one of my rides I was fortunate enough to meet Lee Sindet a kindred spirit and our Vice-President. Lee has been a huge help volunteering his time both on the trail and in the development of our website and social media platforms.
In September of 2018 Ray Felton took over the Park Manager role and embraced the creation of our friends group. Our list of park improvements and events is overflowing! Although my primary interest is in mountain biking we are actively recruiting volunteers for all areas that the park serves. (See our Volunteer section.)
Please know that the park can sustain four-fold use with little or no impact on your experience. We are concerned with sustainability over growth or growth for growths sake alone. It is not our intention to make Sadlers Creek a busy, urban, go-to park. It is our intention to help the park become financially self supporting and a great place to visit.
Please feel free to contact me and please consider joining us. We have volunteer opportunities of all kinds.
Friends of Sadlers Creek’s mission is simple…our one goal is to help make Sadlers Creek State Park the best it can be for every possible user. Our growth will be dependent on how much help we get. As the old saying goes, you can’t do it alone. We need a little help from our friends…you.