Pop-Up Crafts

It has been hard to plan an outside story time and craft in advance for Conservation Kids. But, it is easy to host a pop up craft station with a few days notice when great weather is on tap. This event was on Sunday afternoon, December 13 at Valdese Lakeside Park. This child is creating an ornament from a log slice and paints to hand on a tree or anywhere. Ranger Rick magazines are also given out.  In November, we made pine cone bird feeders. Participants could have learned about the events on facebook or just been at the park on a perfectly beautiful day!

Sculling Group

FVR is starting a Sculling Group. Helen Tueffel, an experienced sculler and new resident of the area, brought the idea to FVR.  At the first interest meeting, Helen discussed the terms used in sculling and how we could proceed as a group. Four of the nine interested people rowed in college. The group will start with rowing machine exercises and watching videos such as How to Set Up Your Scull to prepare for a one day class at Belmont Rowing Center. It is not too late to be a part of this group. Let us know if you are interested. We are also keeping the Valdese Recreation Department in the loop in case they would want to add it to their programming.


Land Conserved

Notice these signs along the Valdese Lakeside Park property line?

In Fall 2017, the North Carolina Land and Water Fund (was known as Clean Water Management Trust) awarded Town of Valdese $673,247 to assist in the purchase of the 300 forested acres on Lake Rhodhiss that also includes many creeks. Accepting the grant put the property under a conservation easement and it can never be used for industry, housing, etc.

Benches! Thanks to CFBC

A couple of months ago, we asked on facebook, “Would you like to have benches along the greenway at Valdese Lakeside Park? Share a story of how it would make the park better……”

We did not say why, but we were gathering information to use in our grant application to the Community Foundation of Burke County. We requested funds for eight benches to put along the greenway at the park. Your stories worked!! FVR was awarded the grant!! Continue reading “Benches! Thanks to CFBC”

Rec Scholarships – First Citizens

Thanks to First Citizens Bank for funding the FVR – Valdese Recreation Dept Scholarship Program. Because of their gift, kids who qualify will be able to participate in Valdese Recreation Sports and have their registration and uniform fee covered. We are so lucky to have a branch office open on Main Street!

App – Valdese Lakeside Park

The Valdese Lakeside Park app (by Friends of the Valdese Rec) has been updated – it still has the trails and “you are here” to use while exploring. But now it includes more details about trails, Main Street food/gas shown on the map and more. View on your computer and/or download to your phone!!


Input Meeting – Catawba River Trail

After 3 zoom meetings and 10 site visits, the proposed Catawba River Trail Corridor was revealed at a drop in public input meeting at the outdoor Pavilion behind Connelly Springs Town Hall. Attendees reviewed the maps, discussed the routes and provide additional feedback.

Western Piedmont Council of Governments led the feasibility study and staff members Averi Ritchie and Todd Stroupe were on hand to discuss the process and grant funding. Rep. Blackwell and FVR President Beth Heile, who were involved with the site visits, were also present to explain the route results and the benefits. Continue reading “Input Meeting – Catawba River Trail”