The new I-40 Exit 111 Bridge will be pedestrian and bicycle friendly!
After the December 18, 2018 meeting organized by Representative Blackwell regarding regional trails and interstate bridges, partners in Burke County worked together to form a request to NC DOT that the Exit 111 Bridge (which is already being redesigned) include updates to make it safe for pedestrian and bike traffic. This was the first step in creating a connection from Valdese Lakeside Park to South Mountains State Park. Partners included: Town of Valdese, Town of Rutherford College, Foothills Conservancy of NC, Burke County, WPCOG, Friends of the Valdese Rec.
Our first Group Walk on the Greenway at Valdese Lakeside Park, brought out 63 people on a warm, Super Bowl Sunday. After many weeks of cold, rainy, snowy weather – it was perfect timing. These walks will continue on the First Sunday of the Month at 2pm.
Thanks to community donors and our anonymous matching donor, the $200K needed in contributions has been reached! Together, we did it!
Erin Schotte with the Community Development Division of WPCOG completed the application and submitted it on behalf of the town. Erin worked on the PARTF grant the town was awarded to help purchase the park property. She knows the project well and we are lucky to have her writing the park grants.
Friends of the Valdese Rec members Spence and Jayne Borden have made 16 regulation size and weight bean bags for all to use. In addition to covering the cost of materials for the bags, they purchased a storage tote to hold the bags and it will be stored in the bathroom lobby.
Enjoy playing while you are there and please return bags to the tote when you are finished.
Our inaugural 5 and 10K trail runs at Valdese Lakeside Park were a success. $1000 was raised for amenities at the park – and even though the Dollar for Dollar match challenge from a donor had expired – it was extended for the race – giving an extra $1000 to park amenities.
On Saturday, December 22 volunteers gathered at Valdese Lakeside Park to clear the trails after the snow storm left down trees in the way and to clean the cove. The 12 volunteers worked for 2 hours to clear about 20 trees and gather 6 bags of trash. The trails are now clear for every day use and the New Years Resolution Trail Races.
The Town of Valdese asked Friends of the Valdese Rec to serve beer at two “Concerts at the Rock” events (November 3 and November 30). To support their efforts to raise money for Valdese Lakeside Park, Wicked Weed Brewing stepped in to help. Thanks to the partnership, FVR made $464 from beers sales and tips – which will be doubled in our current Dollar for Dollar Match. In addition, FVR members sold concessions at the concerts (soda, water, snacks) and made an additional $185.01 for the FVR general fund.
At the Valdese Town Council Meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Knight presented details on the DEQ Water Resources grant the town could apply for to construct a greenway along Lake Rhodhiss and McGalliard Creek.
Friends of the Valdese Rec has been fundraising for park amenities and has money available to use for the match needed for the grant. The Council voted unanimously in favor of the town applying for the grant. Councilwoman Hildebran applauded FVR on their continued efforts to raise money for the project after the problems with the fire department building halted any possible tax increase or other funding from the town for the project.
Thanks to an extremely generous offer from an anonymous donor, every contribution made to the Valdese Lakeside Park Project before December 31, 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar (up to $100K during this time).
As of 11/27/18 Donations Eligible for the Match = $9874
Your gift will help fund amenities (ex: greenway, parking, restrooms, picnic area, trails) at Valdese Lakeside Park. Several grants requiring matching funds are being applied for over the next few months which will grow your dollars even more!
Make Double The Impact at Valdese Lakeside Park!