General Public Ideas

On Tuesday, December 5, the public was invited to a round table discussion about what features should be included at the park.

First topic was the icon/emblem that would represent the park. Though the rock (long associated with the Waldensians) was brought up, it was decided it may be better in building/kiosk design elements and not the icon. Grapes were mentioned and that would have a good silhouette (when just a marker is shown on a tree).

Then the focus turned to water (it is a lakeside park, after all). But how do you represent water – a wave, a drop? No, a waterwheel! McGalliard Falls Grist Mill is at one end of the greenway. A waterwheel also looks like a bike gear (and maybe a disc, it is round). We liked the idea of the waterwheel (maybe a V – for Valdese – worked into the image, maybe not).

It was discussed that in some documents a playground was mentioned and in some places it was not. Playground (natural style) is desired. Maybe ropes course or beanstalk.

Discussion went back and forth on a natural greenway versus paved greenway (this is the 2 mile trail between the waste water plant and McGalliard Falls). When the money is available, the end agreement was paved to reach a broader audience of park attendees.

There needs to be a picnic shelter large enough to handle groups coming to events (triathlon, trail race, etc). They may not all need to sit at a table, but gather for registration, awards, etc. This group could not give a size – but larger than one side of McGalliard Falls (maybe those 2 side put together), maybe Catawba Meadows size. Not sure. Just big enough for events. This could also be the “classroom.”

The group would like a kiosk at the park after land closing date to tell about the project and that money is needed. This may wait until March when there is a “price list” of features to include.

If building in phases, build the greenway first. But include nice surround (signage, entrance, etc) so people will know is park is going to be a destination park. We want them to have a good impression, even if there is only one feature.

Let’s try to cleanup all that trash from the water side – before closing on land! The water is open to the public even if the town does not own the land.

There was a question of – which feature would bring the most people? Maybe that is the feature to start with. Is there one feature? Is it the greenway?

A viewing platform would be nice.

Possible “no wake” buoys around entrance to cove where kayak put-in will be. Motor boats often come flying in from the main channel into the cove.

Duck hunting in the cove? Can that be closed to hunting?

A small plot (food source planted) for game viewing – deer, turkey, etc with trails around it (not through it).