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Sculling Group

FVR is starting a Sculling Group. Helen Tueffel, an experienced sculler and new resident of the area, brought the idea to FVR.  At the first interest meeting, Helen discussed the terms used in sculling and how we could proceed as a group. Four of the nine interested people rowed in college. The group will start with rowing machine exercises and watching videos such as How to Set Up Your Scull to prepare for a one day class at Belmont Rowing Center. It is not too late to be a part of this group. Let us know if you are interested. We are also keeping the Valdese Recreation Department in the loop in case they would want to add it to their programming.


Benches! Thanks to CFBC

A couple of months ago, we asked on facebook, “Would you like to have benches along the greenway at Valdese Lakeside Park? Share a story of how it would make the park better……”

We did not say why, but we were gathering information to use in our grant application to the Community Foundation of Burke County. We requested funds for eight benches to put along the greenway at the park. Your stories worked!! FVR was awarded the grant!! Continue reading Benches! Thanks to CFBC

Input Meeting – Catawba River Trail

After 3 zoom meetings and 10 site visits, the proposed Catawba River Trail Corridor was revealed at a drop in public input meeting at the outdoor Pavilion behind Connelly Springs Town Hall. Attendees reviewed the maps, discussed the routes and provide additional feedback.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments led the feasibility study and staff members Averi Ritchie and Todd Stroupe were on hand to discuss the process and grant funding. Rep. Blackwell and FVR President Beth Heile, who were involved with the site visits, were also present to explain the route results and the benefits. Continue reading Input Meeting – Catawba River Trail

Phase 1 Construction at VLP

Town of Valdese Council voted on October 5  to award the Valdese Lakeside Park Phase 1 construction contract to Patton Construction Group, Inc. Once with contract is signed, the park will be complete within 8 months. Can you say July 4th Celebration!?!?!? (Pictured: Destination by Design Planning presenting construction details to council)

Construction costs are covered by private donations and grants. No town money is being used.

River Cleanup – River Trail

Volunteers with Catawba River Wildlife Coalition and Friends of the Valdese Rec participated in the Catawba Riversweep on Saturday by cleaning the river from Rocky Ford Access to Huffman Bridge. The 10 volunteers collected 10 bags of trash along the 4.5 mile route. Yes, that is a hippity hop!

Part of the cleanup was checking the shoreline on the south side of the river for the future Catawba River Trail.

Pictured left to right – Eric Heile, Adele Ritchie, Dannie Ritchie, Averi Ritchie, Beth Heile, Jason Toney, Tom Troy, Ted Carothers, Rachael Dial, Leslie Thacker