Accomplishments

The FVR year runs April 1 – March 31.  This list covers April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 (the year of COVID):

Funding and Hours

Paid $942 for survey to accept Valdese Weaver Gift of 6.77 acres at Lovelady Road

VLP To date (3-31-2021) – for appraisal to start purchase negotiations, land purchase and amenities
Private Donations: $850,815, Grants: $1,465,300, Total Project: $2,316,115
(state grant funds and larger private/business donations went directly to Town of Valdese)

VLP Volunteer hours after January 31, 2018 closing (not promotional events, just work)
2018: 330 hours — 2019: 388 hours — 2200: 736 hours; 2021 (thru 3/31): 329 hours

Raised $18K for Dog Park with Mull Foundation Grant and Farris Insurance support.

Workdays
Trail Blazers Finishing Meditation Point Trail at Valdese Lakeside Park –
Grass Cutting/Cove at VLP – every other week
Lovelady Roadside Cleanup –
Clean up the River – By Boat –
Tree Stand Clearing Day – 75 volunteers

Events/Programs
Trail Camera – ongoing
Conservation Kids – 5 events
Trail Blazers for HS – 18 events
Group Walks on the Greenway at VLP
Virtual 5K & 10K at Valdese Lakeside Park
Holiday Decorations outside Rec Bldg
Story Trail – 7 different weekly books – Dec – Feb
Sculling Interest Meeting
Mural at Children’s Park Meeting
November Groundbreaking at VLP
2 mile walking-exercise tour of downtown
First Citizen Rec Scholarships
Upper Catawba River Trail Mapping

Fundraisers
Nothing due to COVID
Valdese Stitchery Hat Sale
Valdese Stitchery t-shirt Sale

Incoming Donations (other than money)
Porta John at VLP = Farris Insurance
2 Benches at VLP = Peter Skelton
Ducks (400) at VLP = Beth Heile
20 acres for McGalliard Creek Greenway = Shaw-Tate and Caldwell Timber

FVR Involvement
Catawba River Trail – Public Input Meeting  FVR Members attended
Catawba River Trail Feasibility Study – Beth represented
FVR Members on Town Rec Commission
Burke County Chamber Member


April 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020:

Valdese Lakeside Park Funding and Hours
Transferred $84,875 of park donations to Town of Valdese for Phase 1 that starts this year
$119,853.30 available for Bridge – need $40K
Applying for $250K RTP Grant for Mountain Biking Trails and Pump Track

To date (1-27-2020) – for appraisal to start purchase negotiations, land purchase and amenities
Private Donations: $691,011 — Grants: $1,458,247 — Total Project: $2,149,258

Volunteer hours at VLP after January 31, 2018 closing (not promotional events, just work)
2018: 330 hours — 2019: 388 hours

Workdays
Trail Blazers at Valdese Lakeside Park – Mar 21, Mar 7, Feb 15, Feb 1, Jan 18, Jan 4, Dec 28, Dec 24 (7)
Grass Cutting/Cove at VLP – October 26, Sept 24, Aug 31, Aug 3, July 6, June 1, May 4, April 6 (8)
Lovelady Roadside Cleanup – March 4
Clean up the River – By Boat – Sept 28
Workday at McGalliard Falls Park – Hauling branches – Aug 16
Trail Building/Maintenance Class for FVR Board May 22
Plantings and Pine Straw at Kellex Seating Picnic Area
Preparing for Kellex Picnic tables (2 days – purchased cinder blocks))
Water Butterfly Garden and Picnic Area

Events/Programs
Group Walk on the Greenway at VLP – Mar 1, Feb 2, Sept 1, Aug 4, July 7, Jun 2, May 5, April 7
McGalliard Falls Improvements Discussion – Jan 8
5K & 10K Runs/Walks at Valdese Lakeside Park – Dec 12, 19, 26,
Celebration Among Friends – Celebrate the Success of Valdese Lakeside Park – Nov 1
Young at Heart – Covered Dish Lunch at Valdese Lakeside Park – Oct 7
Fun at the Falls, McGalliard Falls Park- Hot Dog lunch, crafts, nature activities – Sept 14
Watermelon Social– July 7
Christmas Decorations outside Rec Bldg
Fresh Fruit for New Year at Exercise Room
Sponsored and Donated to Eagle Scout Fish Attractors Project

Fundraisers
New Year’s Resolution Run (5K & 10K) Jan 1
Beer: FFN Snack Shack Aug 30, Festival August 9-10, Independence Day June 28, FFN Snack Shack May 24
We are now a Benevity registered charity
Valdese Stitchery Hat Sale

Incoming Donations (other than VLP)
Gnomes – Kristina Mercer
Tools – Leslie Rostan, Sam Fitzwater, Tonya Stephens
25 Conservation Books to Valdese Public Library – Kristina Mercer
Race Help – Feetures, Zimmerman Realty, Farris Insurance, Los Compadres, Brinkley Insurance, Town of Valdese Tourism, Out of Our Minds Animation Studios, The Valdese Stitchery, David Harmon Studios
Plants at Kellex Picnic Area – Mark Rostan
Bimbo Bakeries – Buns and cooking hotdogs at Fun at the Falls
GoU (NCWF) – creek program at Fun at the Falls
Picnic Tables – Kellex Seating

FVR was not involved,
but we would like to recognize others who give to parks and rec:

Valdese Rotary donated funds for fence at Rotary Park and had a workday,
Bimbo Bakeries spruced up Village Park (at mural)
Ashton Mears Eagle – 3 Kiosks at Parks
Tommy Blackwell Eagle – Plantings at pool

FVR Involvement
Nominated Kellex for Conservation Award that they received
Wilderness Gateway State Trail – Public Input Meeting 29 FVR Members attended
Jacobs Fork and Henry Fork Study – Beth represented
Burke Tourism Sign hung at McGalliard Falls (Photo Spot)
FVR Members on Town Rec Commission
Burke County Chamber Member