State Trail to Valdese

The Wilderness Gateway State Trail Public Input Meeting included 29 folks from Valdese!! This included Town Manager Seth Eckard, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Knight, Town Councilman Roy Sweezy, FVR President Beth Heile and 13 FVR members. Continue reading

New Year’s Trail Runs

The second annual New Year’s Resolution Trail Runs took place on January 1, 2020 on a cold but sunny morning. 5K and 10K runners started at the same time on a road that took them to the Valdese Lakeside Park trails where they split onto different courses. Proceeds from the event go to Valdese Lakeside Park amenities. Continue reading

Trail Building

To save $6,000 on Phase 1 amenities, Friends of the Valdese Rec will be hand building a trail from the greenway to the Wildlife Viewing Platform (at Meditation Point) – instead of paying a professional with a machine. Continue reading

Community Picnic at VLP

On Monday, October 7, Friends of the Valdese Rec hosted a covered dish picnic lunch for the community. Held in the Kellex Seating picnic area, about 30 people enjoyed the overcast fall afternoon that included plenty of delicious food and lots of conversation. Several attendees took to the trails after lunch.

FVR Volunteers – Always Giving

Look at all these FVR volunteers who showed up independently at The Levee Brewery and Pub for a Highlands Family Farm dinner. These volunteers support our parks and our local businesses!! What an amazing group – always giving and having fun at the same time.

Thanks to September Volunteers:

Fun at the Falls: Rick Pons, Kimberley Waldroff-Simpkins, Rachel Watts, Cadence Davis, Beth Heile, Joyce Brittain, Don Brittain, Joyce Brittain
Tuesday VLP Cleanup: Val Scott, Clinton Scott, Beth Heile, Eric Heile, Mark Rostan, Sam Fitzwater
Catawba River Cleanup: Tom Troy, Eric Heile, Beth Heile, Tom Kenney, Susan Bottafuoco, Bob Richards

Fun at the Falls

Fun at the Falls – Free Family Fun – was a huge success. With free crafts, free educational programs and a free hot dog lunch about 200 attendees enjoyed their day with friends and family at McGalliard Falls Park.

Kids were able to make pine cone bird feeders, create art out of recycled plastic bottle tops and paint rocks to hide around the county.

For education, there was a finding critters in the creek program, a fossil hunt and a fly tying demo.

Friends of the Valdese Rec, Bimbo Bakeries, Catawba River Wildlife Coalition and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation – Great Outdoors University worked together to provide the free day. After the activities, Burke Sunrise Rotary held their Duck Derby Fundraiser.

Thanks to FVR and CRWC Volunteers: James Sweezy, Kim Simpkins, Rachel Watts, Cadence Davis, Beth Heile, Rick Pons, Joyce Brittain, Don Brittain.