Draft Master Park Plan Review
Destination by Design has taken input from focus group meetings, site visits, the steering committee and the vibe of Valdese since last Fall to create a master park plan. It was revealed Tuesday evening, April 3, to a crowd of about 50 people. Feedback from the group will be used to tweak the plan for a final presentation to town council on May 1st (see blue below). Click here for full story and link to slide presentation.
Tues, May 1 at 6pm - Special town council meeting regarding Valdese Lakeside Park. DbD will present the final master plan (similar to April 3 plus budget). In addition, funding options (bond, tax increase, grants) & building in phases versus all at once will be discussed. This is a workshop for council to discuss matters with each other. The public is welcome to attend, listen & learn, but not to provide input or questions during meeting. Public Input will be May 31 and June 12 at 6:30 pm..
Earth Day Clean the Streets of Valdese
The Old World Baking Company and FVR teamed up for an Earth Day Cleanup. On Sunday afternoon, April 22, 28 volunteers met at the Old World Baking Company to get trash bags and vests, provided by Town of Valdese Public Works. They split in 3 groups and worked 2 hours on Hoyle Street, Main Street West, Lovelady Road and McGalliard Falls Park. 25 bags were filled with trash and set besides old buckets, a television and reflectors that had been scraped off the road. The icing on the doughnut is that after the cleanup, participants were treated to free doughnuts and coffee and time to socialize.
Waldensian Presbyterian Church Young Adults - Earth Day Events
Working to make a difference and involving kids in the efforts, at a cleanup on May 4, 9 bags of trash and several tires were collected along Lovelady Road. On Saturday, April 21 - they hosted the Earth Day 5k and Fun Run along with Kid Stations. FVR provided materials for a Pine Cone Bird Feeder Station.
Thurs, May 24 - Memory Cafe 3-4 pm, Splash Park Bldg FVR and Rotary Club of Valdese with support of the Valdese Rec are hosting a free monthly Memory Cafe for Caregivers and their memory loss patients. Caregivers meet in one room for information and support - while the patients are in another room for a craft, music therapy, etc. Please spread the word, attend and/or volunteer to help. More Info
Look for these signs along Lake Rhodhiss Dr to start your exploration.
Click here for a page with routes, mileage, pictures for exploring the land - at your own risk
Conservation Round TableFoothills Conservancy of North Carolina hosted an event for NC Legislators to showcase the positive economic impact of conservation trust fund investments in the Foothills Region. FVR President Beth Heile and Parks Director Doug Knight spoke about how important the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Parks and Rec Trust Fund are to small towns. Click for the full story.
Park Upgrades Continue - This month the parking lot at McGalliard Falls Park was sealed and marked. The vinyl fence, new picnic tables and trash cans were added earlier in the year. Similar renovations have taken place at Children's Park along with a new batting cage and fixing some drainage issues. More updates are to come.