Author Archives: Beth Heile

Raising Money to Raise the Bridge

Currently, money is being raised to fund a 128 foot bridge over McGalliard Creek. The bridge will connect Valdese Lakeside Park to McGalliard Falls Park and create a 2 mile greenway.

“the top … things citizens would like to see are (1) a trail from McGalliard Falls Park to the Wastewater Treatment Plant.” (from the 2013 Town of Valdese Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Plan). With a bridge across McGalliard Creek — this trail can finally be completed – giving the citizens the number one recreation item they want.

Any extra money raised will go to the 10 foot wide crushed cinder greenway. Only a portion of the greenway was funded with the NC DEQ grant. The rest will remain natural until the funds are available.

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VLP Gets PARTF Grant

Valdese Parks & Recreation Director Doug Knight

At the August 23 Meeting of the Parks and Recreation Authority, grants were awarded to local governments for their Parks and Recreation projects. The Authority received 56 applications ($16M requested) and was able to fund 14 projects for $4.7M. Fortunately, the Town of Valdese was one of them.

The $285K PARTF Grant is for restrooms, picnic area, dog park, wildlife viewing platform, kayak launch, walking trail to viewing platform, parking, entry road at Valdese Lakeside Park. The DEQ awarded grant and community donations will cover the match.

We are waiting to hear from one more grant – the RTP Grant that would help fund the bridge over McGalliard Creek to complete the greenway from Valdese Lakeside Park to McGalliard Falls Park. Even if we receive that grant, we will still need $35K more for the bridge. Donate

In May, the Town of Valdese was awarded a $200K grant to help with the greenway and parking. Donations from the community are at $266K to help match grants and fund amenities.

The Trail to Valdese

South Mountains State Park to Valdese Lakeside Park? How did it happen? 

The talk of trails connecting parks and trails across Burke County was a message first presented on April 13, 2018 to Valdese and Rutherford College Officials by Bryant and Linda Lindsey, at the request of Rep Hugh Blackwell. From that meeting, it was determined to connect the mountains in our back yard (the South Mountains) to the lake off our front porch (Lake Rhodhiss) there would need to be safe passage across I-40 for bicycles and pedestrians. Rep Blackwell suggested a meeting with DOT to learn more about making a bridge safe for these groups.  More detail on the April meeting

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Fundraiser on Main St

Friends of the Valdese Rec sold beer for the Town of Valdese’s Independence Day Celebration. We also handled the 50/50 raffle for the event.

By the end of the night, $2000 was raised for Valdese Lakeside Park and other projects.

Thanks to our volunteers!

Beer sales: Toni Reece, Kim and Trey Simpkins plus Dale, Christa Miller, Inga Fricke Ramona Barus, Beth Heile.

Raffle workers: Don Brittain, Rachel Watts Olivia Turner, Maryann Diamond and Nancy Roberts.

Look for us at the Waldensian Festival held August 9-10. We will be selling beer again.


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Trail Building/Maintenance Class

Doug Veazey (MST Trail Maintenance Volunteer for 10 years) led class on Wednesday morning, May 22 for FVR Board Members to learn about trail maintenance and trail building. The goal is for these students to teach others who may work on the Valdese Lakeside Park trails about sustainable trail methods. Along with Mark Rostan, Gavin Smith, Eric Heile and Beth Heile, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Knight was in attendance.

Doug Veazey volunteers twice a month to help maintain 70 miles of Mountains To Sea Trail in our area. He was a wealth of knowledge, extremely helpful and super friendly. We were fortunate that he took time to guide FVR!

We even completed a section of trail up to the future picnic area. And, hope to make a similar section on the other side of the hill.


FVR Fundraiser during Concert

The Valdese Family Fun Night Concert Series Kick-off took place in the Wells Fargo Parking Lot on Friday, May 24. Friends of the Valdese Rec members worked the Snack Shack and a membership table selling drinks, snacks, t-shirts and decals. The Town also held a 50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to the Valdese Lakeside Park Project. At the end of the night, $500 was raised for the park.

The Levee Brewery and Pub donated two of their amazing beers for the evening – Trinity – a prize winning  hazy pale ale and Daylight Robbery – a traditional English Ale.