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?
Spring has revealed many wild flowers on the property. So many, that a game has been taking place on the FVR Facebook page to “ID the Plant of the Day.” It seems a new flower pops up every day and the game continues. To see all the flowers (23 at this time) so far:
Facebook Album or Google Drive
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
The standing room only April 1 Council Meeting included several votes regarding Valdese Lakeside Park – and they all passed unanimously. One vote was to approve the Master Park Plan. When the approved plan is submitted with the PARTF grant, more points are awarded, which will put the application higher in the ranking to receive money. Approving the plan does not mean it will all be built, but will serve as a guide for developing Valdese Lakeside Park and show grant officials a plan is in place. Continue reading
Based on visitor requests ….. Friends of the Valdese Rec purchased signs to help people get to and navigate the park. We have signs pointing to VLP near the Waster Water Plant, signs for parking, signs for trail heads, signs for points of interest. It may be overload – but we want people to feel comfortable exploring Valdese Lakeside Park.
Parks and Recreation Director Doug Knight spoke to the public on March 13 about Valdese Lakeside Park and what the PARTF grant would include. The grant application, due on May 1 and being completed by WPCOG, will request funds for restrooms, picnic area, dog park, wildlife viewing platform, kayak launch, walking trail to viewing platform, parking, entry road for around $300K. These are items in the Master Park Plan.
Summary of all grants–
NC DEQ Grant – Requesting $200K to match $200K in donations from community
This grant is for a 10-foot-wide crushed cinder greenway along the lake and creek, permeable parking area and responsible storm water drainage. The application was filed on December 31, 2018. Award will be late April/early May.
Recreational Trails Program Grant – Requesting $100K to match $25K from community
This grant is to help pay for a 200-foot bridge across McGalliard Creek to complete the trail from McGalliard Falls Park to Valdese Lakeside Park – creating a 2-mile greenway connecting the parks. Total cost of the bridge is $250K. Application filed March 1, 2019. Award will be Oct/Nov.
NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant – Requesting $300K to match DEQ/Community
This grant will fund Phase 1 Amenities at Valdese Lakeside Park such as restrooms, picnic area, educational overlook. Application will be filed by May 1, 2019. Award will be Aug/Sept.
Donations are still being accepted. The more we have, the more we can build.