On Wednesday morning, July 3, Kellex Seating delivered 4 8-foot picnic tables to Valdese Lakeside Park. The tables were hand crafted in their factory by Kellex family members. During a past workday at the park, employees had cut down several dangerous large dead trees to get the picnic area ready. Continue reading
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.
Look for us at the Waldensian Festival held August 9-10. We will be selling beer again.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, May 7, Rotary Club of Valdese held their regular Tuesday lunch meeting at the park and members got on update on the park’s progress from fellow Rotarian and FVR President Beth Heile. The club has pledged $7500 to the Valdese Lakeside Park project and members are looking at other ways to make an impact at the park.
Mayor Black delivered incredible news for Valdese Lakeside Park at the May Council meeting. The Town received an Award Letter from NC DEQ Water Resources announcing the receipt of a $200K grant for 4000 linear feet of greenway, permeable parking and storm water control. This is $200K to match our donors’ $200K to start a 10 ft wide crushed cinder greenway along Lake Rhodhiss and McGalliard Creek!!
Where we stand with donations and grants?
April 7 was our third Group Walk. It was cloudy and the threat of rain may have deterred some. However, the 26 who made it enjoyed the greenway trail and some regulars returned on the red trail. The greenway is 1.3 miles long – with the goal being to connect to McGalliard Falls Park making it a 2 mile greenway. The next walk will be Sunday, May 5 at 2pm. Park Plans ~ Donate Today
This year, Friends of the Valdese Rec is holding monthly workdays at Valdese Lakeside Park. Our first one, on April 6, brought out 9 volunteers for 2 hours of service. They cut grass, did weed eating, gathered 12 bags of trash, pulled out 3 tires from lake.
There are plenty of choices for what you would like to do…..
1) Clear trails of branches and briars – may need clippers
2) Move existing mulch over to low areas – bring shovels, maybe wheel borrow
3) Cut grass along entrance, greenway, etc – bring lawn mowers, weed eaters, etc
4) Clean trash out of cove – we will have trash bags
Workdays – held the first Saturday of the Month – will start at 9am and finish by 11am.
On Wednesday, April 3, Kellex Seating again showed their generous spirit and commitment to Valdese Lakeside Park with a second all day work session at the property. Thirteen employees spent the day at the park cutting and hauling down and dead trees from what will be a kayak launch and picnic area in the future. The debris was taken to the Valdese Waste Water Treatment Plant where it will be shredded into mulch. Continue reading