As a part of Bimbo Bakeries’ Good Neighbor Program, natural rock steps were installed at McGalliard Falls Park.
The program offers labor and funds to a project each year. Last year Bimbo Bakeries added landscaping to the Valdese Lakeside Park entrance and this year they moved to the other end of the Valdese Greenway.
Bimbo Bakeries Plant Manager Cody Meadows worked with Gregg Peck of local landscaping business Deeply Rooted on the design. To help meet the budget set by Bimbo Bakeries and Friends of the Valdese Rec, Deeply Rooted donated their time and equipment to place the large rocks during one work day. On the next, Peck delivered plants and marked the placement, while Bimbo employees spent the day pruning overhanging trees and installing the 20 plants. The formerly steep slope that started the journey to the new 160-foot McGalliard Creek Bridge and on to Valdese Lakeside Park, can now be more easily navigated.
Meadows summed up the effort perfectly with these words, “Bimbo Bakeries values the communities in which we operate and believes in giving back every year through our Good Neighbor Projects. By installing these steps this creates a safe environment for everyone to enjoy the recreation and tranquility of nature that the Valdese Greenway Trail has to offer. I’m very proud of the hard work my team put into this project.”