The Red is Rising

Thanks to all these people and companies the red is rising for park amenities. However, more pledges are needed to show the grant boards that community supports this project and to build the best park ever.

Fundraising Committee

The FVR Fundraising Committee met today and made plans for raising money for the Valdese Lakeside Park amenities.

We have committees for Gardening, the Young at Heart, Sports. Join us!

Podcast about FVR

On Sunday evening, Citizen:Earth Media hosts Isaac Crouch and Sam Crouch interviewed Valdese Town Manager Seth Eckard and FVR President Beth Zimmerman Heile for their weekly podcast. Discussion covered Valdese Lakeside Park and all the great things happening in Valdese.

Download the podcast.

FVR Annual Meeting

Friends of the Valdese Rec Annual Meeting was held this afternoon at the  Waldensian Heritage Winery.

Valdese Parks and Rec Director Doug Knight discussed the PARTF grant he will be applying for on behalf of the town for money to purchase the lakeside park land and asked FVR for a letter of support to the grant committee. We voted yes!!

Town Manager Seth Eckard gave an overview of the process once we receive the grant money.

Officers for 2017-2019 were voted in.

President- Beth Heile
Vice President- Roy Sweezy
Secretary- Don Brittain
Treasurer- Andy Byers
Members-at-large: Mark Rostan, Sonni Dyer, Sandy Terrell

FVR Presents to Town Council

At the Valdese Town Council Meeting, FVR President Beth Heile presented an update on the Valdese Lakeside Park. She reported that for the 300 acre land purchase – $1M in state grants are being applied for, $400k in pledges have been committed from the Rostan Family Foundation and Kellex Seating, and fundraising is ongoing for park amenities. Protecting this land has been a 2-year partnership between Town of Valdese, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and Friends of the Valdese Rec.