Donations Needed for Amenities Your donation will help with proposed amenities such as hiking trails, mountain biking trails,  a kayak launch, disc golf course, fishing dock, parking, dog park and a picnic shelter. Donors of $100 and above will be recognized at the park and on our web site.

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Where we stand with donations and grants?

  • $262K in Donations from the Community
  • May 3 – Awarded $200K DEQ Grant for 4000 linear ft of greenway, storm drainage and some permeable parking – must match with $200K of Community Donations
  • PARTF Grant Submitted on April 30 for restrooms, picnic area, dog park, wildlife viewing platform, kayak launch, walking trail to viewing platform, parking, entry road for $285K. The DEQ grant our and community donations will cover the match. Award announced Aug/Sept.
  • Recreational Trails Program Grant – Requesting $100K to match $25K from community
    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. Estimated cost of the bridge is $250K. Pre-Application filed March 1, 2019. Granted permission to submit final application. Award will be Oct/Nov.

What else do we need?

  • $120K to complete greenway to creek crossing bridge from where DEQ money stops in Lakeside Park (3000 more ft)
  • $88K for bridge if we get RTP grant; $188K needed if no RTP grant (using $62K of remaining donations)
  • $120K to complete greenway from bridge to McGalliard Falls Park (3000 ft) – may take more based on the steep slope at the McGalliard Falls picnic shelter to make it ADA

Master Park Plan

Support Friends of the Valdese Rec’s mission by leaving us a bequest. A bequest is a gift made to charity in your will or trust. Below is some basic bequest language to assist you and your attorney.

I hereby, give, devise and bequeath $_______ or _____% of the remainder of my estate to Friends of the Valdese Rec, Inc. , a non-profit organization located in Valdese, NC, Federal Tax ID #47-3614341, to be used for its general purposes.


Thanks to these generous donations for the land purchase
Rostan Family Foundation – $300,000
Kellex Seating – $100,000


Grants will also be applied for to help pay for the park. If you know of grants not on this list, let us know. Showing the community supports the park via donations is helpful in the grant application process.