DAVIDSON COUNTY — Yadkin River Park celebrated a fundraising milestone with a public examine presentation on Tuesday.
Davidson County and Good friends of Rowan, a community group fundraising for the undertaking, introduced a $100,000 contribution. The funding was in equal sections from the county and Pals of Rowan, but the team declared an more $50,000 contribution at the final minute with no match demanded on the county stop.
Salisbury resident Ronnie Smith declared the grant to the team for the duration of the check out presentation at the park on Tuesday morning. Smith said the additional gift was in honor of former and latest Yadkin River Park Committee chairs Max Walser and Paul Mitchell.
Davidson County Commissioners Chair Karen Watford reported the park will probably want a pair million dollars in funding to establish and develop all of its planned facilities.
The funding introduced Tuesday will assistance create a canine park as nicely as put in sidewalks and a parking great deal. In the long run, the hope is to construct larger parking areas, restrooms, a visitor’s centre and playground. A museum is a probability as very well.
The park is the internet site of Fort York, the spot of one particular of the remaining battles of the Civil War.
Jason Walser, a park advisory committee member, claimed he was a supporter of the bridge becoming preserved from again when he was govt director at Three Rivers Land Rely on in Salisbury.
“I feel that this is underneath-appreciated in Rowan County, but I assume above time it’s likely to conclusion up becoming a vacation spot place that’s heading to serve Spencer and Rowan County pretty very well,” Walser said.
The Davidson County park is only one portion of the equation at the bridge. Spencer is instantly on the other side of the river and has ideas to enrich its side as nicely. The city is planning to build a path, parking place and benches.
A calendar year ago, Waterford Funding procured the former N.C. Ending Enterprise home, which sits close by, for $3.5 million with first plans for environmental cleanup on the website.
Interim Spencer City Planner Joe Morris reported the quick perform is to finish Davidson County’s fix to the Wil-Cox Bridge in May possibly.
After the test presentation, Morris achieved with an N.C. Parks Company official to go over grant opportunities for the Spencer aspect. Morris said the city has been interested in a Parks and Recreation Have confidence in Fund grant, but is looking into applying for distinctive possibilities, far too.
NCDOT is turning around surplus ideal-of-way on the Spencer aspect of the bridge to the town for enhancement functions. On Tuesday, Morris claimed paperwork for the donation are remaining ready.
The park, just past the Rowan County line into Davidson County, is an ongoing project that to start with opened to the public in 2019. It is now drawing about 600 guests for each day.