Friends of the Valdese Rec
February Newsletter
Group Walk on the Greenway
Sunday, Feb 3 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a walk at Valdese Lakeside Park along the lake and creek. The entire trail is 1.3 miles long - but you can turn back at any time. After the greenway, we can explore other trails - if you have the time and energy. Meet in the grassy field at the end of Lake Rhodhiss Dr Directions
We did it! $200K raised for greenway grant match.
Thanks to community contributions and our matching donor, the $200K needed in donations to match the greenway grant was collected. An engineered 10 foot wide crushed cinder path will provide ADA Walking Accessibility -- and less mud on trail runs!! The DEQ Greenway grant application was submitted on December 31, 2018. Now, we wait for the grants to be judged. 
The next grant application will be the RTP grant for a bridge on the greenway. 

A new banner recognizing donors of $100 or more has been placed at the second entrance.
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New Years Resolution Races
Wow!! 53 participants at our inaugural 5K and 10K trail runs at Valdese Lakeside Park started the year off right. Not only did they come from Burke County, but from Raleigh, Durham, Swannanoa, Hickory, Granite Falls - to name a few. $1000 was raised for the park. Mark your calendar now - we plan to host the race again next year - Jan 1, 2020. Facebook Event

Too busy for a group picture - but thanks to our race volunteers: Zakk Heile, Bradley Zimmerman, Rachel Watts, Justin Smith, Donald Brittain, Eric Heile, Spence Borden, Woody Poor, Jeanene Burris, Beth Heile. And, our race organizers - Director Mark Rostan, Course Manager Ray Burris, Asst Course Manager Quez Little
Clean the Streets of Valdese
Saturday, February 23 - 9:00 am - McGalliard Falls Park

Everyone is invited to clean the streets of Valdese with Rotary Club of Valdese and DHS & HMS Interact Clubs for World Rotary Day. Meet at McGalliard Falls Park for trash bags, grabbers, vests and assignments. Wear old clothes, closed toe shoes and gloves. Facebook Event
(Pictured above is the clean-up initiated by Waldensian Presbyterian Church last year)
Corn Hole Bags

There are 2 concrete corn hole stations at the Valdese Family Splash Park. However, to play corn hole, you had to bring your own bean bags – until now.

Friends of the Valdese Rec members Spence and Jayne Borden have made 16 regulation size and weight bean bags for all to use. In addition to covering the cost of materials for the bags, they purchased a storage tote to hold the bags and it will be stored in the bathroom lobby. 

Enjoy playing while you are there and please return bags to the tote when you are finished.

On Saturday, December 22, volunteers gathered at Valdese Lakeside Park to clear the trails after the snow storm left down trees in the way and to clean the cove. The 12 volunteers worked for 2 hours to clear about 20 trees and gather 6 bags of trash. Volunteers: Nathan Messer, Justin Smith, Lisa Miller, Eric Heile, Zakk Heile, Beth Heile, Roy Sweezy, Spence and Jayne Borden, Don Brittain, Mark Rostan and a guy was there to fish but helped clear trees instead!
Catawba River Wildlife Coalition Event
"How we Impact our Waters and Wildlife Habitats"
Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 pm
In the Waldensian Room at the Old Rock School.
Facebook Event

Learn how our day to day practices cause harm to our water and wildlife. Power point presentation with hands on activities and erosion examples. Effective ways to manage healthy wildlife habitats will also be covered. Come learn how to be a better steward of our Earth and socialize with others that share your mindset. Presenter: Evan Crawley - Caldwell County Soil and Water Conservation District

Cousins hiking at Valdese Lakeside Park
what a gift this land is to future generations!
(send us your pics at the park)
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