Packets were mailed to our local state lawmakers Representative Hugh Blackwell and Senator Warren Daniel. In addition to letting them know that we have 2 state grants pending for the purchase of the lake land, the packets included the Valdese Lakeside Park Plan and information about Friends of the Valdese Rec. We have been called by both offices to tell inform us of their support.
We Pledged Because…..
We have started a campaign called #PledgetothePark to gather testimonials from those who have pledged. Look for them on social media and our testimonials page.
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.
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.
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.