FVR Subject of Webinar

Parks and Recreation Director Doug Knight and FVR President and Founder Beth Heile were the case study for the Recreation Resources Service (RRS) Webinar about Park Foundations working with Municipal Park Departments. The target audience was Recreation Directors from across…

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$11,000 still needed for the bridge to connect Valdese Lakeside Park to McGalliard Falls Park creating a 2-mile greenway. Donate Today

River Cleanup by Boat -2020

Three local organizations committed to protecting our natural resources joined forces to clean the Catawba River – by boat. Volunteers with Catawba River Wildlife Coalition, Friends of the Valdese Rec (FVR) and Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina put in their…

Porta John at VLP

Every feel like you need more time at Valdese Lakeside Park? But you need to use the restroom – so you leave. Well, that is not a problem anymore! Farris Insurance has paid for a Porta John to be at…

Trail Blazers Club

In January, Friends of the Valdese Rec started building a sustainable trail at Valdese Lakeside Park. Volunteers learned there was a big difference between existing deer trails and the techniques used to build a lasting trail. A sustainable trail has…

Burke River Trail – Foundation Laid

The foundation was laid today for the first section of the Burke River Trail – 4 miles from McGalliard Falls to Valdese Lakeside Park to Draughn High School to a private development.

Farris Insurance Workday

Farris Insurance held a “give-back-to-the-community” volunteer workday at Valdese Lakeside Park. 10 Folks, 4 Lawn Mowers, 1 Chain Saw, 1 ATV, Lots of other Tools = A Ton of Work Done!!!

Stream Restoration

On May 6, Resource Institute visited McGalliard Falls Park and Valdese Lakeside Park. They are a stream/river restoration firm (spoke at a Catawba River Wildlife Coalition meeting) and want to help restore McGalliard Creek and the VLP kayak launch area.…

Stock Donations

Friends of the Valdese Rec now accepts gifts of stock. We have a brokerage account with First Citizens Investor Services. Contact us for more information.

McGalliard Falls History

In the early days, the Waldenses, who settled Valdese in 1893, enjoyed walking to the Falls on Sunday afternoon – in their church clothes – for a picnic of bread, cheese and fruit. Children would also swim in the area…