Friends of the Valdese Rec
January Newsletter
Story Trail
In December, FVR set up a temporary Story Trail at Valdese Lakeside Park. Starting at the main entrance, children can read a book as the walk the greenway to the picnic area. To create the story trail, each page of a book is placed in a protective sleeve and tied with string to a tree branch so it hangs low enough for a child to hold and read. Pages are spaced over the 0.2 mile walk to the picnic tables where they can stop with their family and discuss the book. The project was such a huge hit with the community, the story trail will continue with a new book each week.
Mural Discussion
Jan 6, 5:30 pm at
Children's Park

Join us to discuss volunteers painting an Interactive Mural at Children's Park or another location. What mural? What wall? Who has what skills?

Pictured is a mural in Forest City by volunteers.
Virtural 5K & 10K
At the time we needed to start planning for our Annual New Year's Resolution Runs, it was thought construction at Valdese Lakeside Park would be underway by January 1.

With no work being done, all trails are open and we have provided a 5K and 10K route you can do when you want and post times for bragging rights. Or, just walk for fun.
Conservation Kids

It has been hard to plan an outside story time and craft in advance. But, it is easy to host a pop up craft station with a few days notice when great weather is on tap. This event was on Sunday afternoon, December 13 at Valdese Lakeside Park. Participants could have learned about it on facebook or just been at the park on a perfectly beautiful day!

This child is creating an ornament from a log slice and paints to hand on a tree or anywhere. Ranger Rick magazines are also given out. 
At the first interest meeting, it turned out that four of the nine interested people rowed in college. However, no experience is necessary. The group will start with rowing machine exercises to prepare for a one day class at Belmont Rowing Center in the Spring. Let us know if you are interested.
Trail Blazers HS Club

The Trail Blazers High School Club continues to work on trails. Last Wednesday, they worked with Valdese Parks and Recreation Director Doug Knight and learned what his position is all about.

Valdese Lakeside Park Construction - Delay is due to Erosion and Sediment Control Permit from NC DEQ.

McGalliard Creek Bridge - The project is moving along in the process for state funding and should be approved in February. At that time, the floodway remapping process can start that will then enable the bridge to be built.
Red Fox at Valdese Lakeside Park
Still taken from from Trail Camera Video
Friends of the Valdese Rec Board
Beth Heile, Spence Borden, Don Brittain, Gavin Smith,
Quez Little, Val Scott, Rick Pons, Roy Sweezy, Mike Bachelder
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