Recreation & Public Parks

Valdese Lakeside Park

Valdese Lakeside Park is a 300 acre parcel of land that follows McGalliard Creek & Lake Rhodhiss and is located approximately 3.7 miles from Downtown. Where is there 300 acres of lakefront undeveloped land in Valdese? Follow the link below for directions.

Plans for developing the parcel are underway and the overall goal is to create an outdoor tourism attraction that will include; Welcome Area, Parking Area, Restrooms, Large Shelter, Picnic Tables, Outdoor Fitness, Paved Trails, Pump Track, Kayak Launch & Pier, Dog Park, and Playground.

McGalliard Falls Park

McGalliard Falls Park - Located Off of Church Street, the park is a popular gathering spot for families and friends looking for a place to have a picnic and enjoy some recreational activities. It is located at 1400 Falls Road, NW. The park has a volleyball court, a nature trail, picnic facilities and restrooms in addition to the natural attraction of the falls. The picnic shelter may be rented by contacting the Valdese Recreation Department at 879-2132. Each June, in the creek above the falls, the Town of Valdese holds a fishing tournament for area youth and seniors.

FEE SCHEDULE: $30 minimum for 2 hour rental for one side, $15 for each additional hour thereafter. $45 minimum for 2 hour rental for both sides, $22.50 each additional hour thereafter.

Fletcher Ball Park

Named for local politician Ray C. Fletcher, the Fletcher Ball Park is located just off of Meytre Road and is adjacent to McGalliard Falls Park. The ball park is used for recreation department league events including soccer and baseball.

The park consists of 2 ball fields, concession stand and also includes an observation deck overlooking McGalliard Falls Park.

Children's Park

Children's Park - Located just off Highway 70 on the east side of Valdese, Children's Park contains a picnic shelter with restroom facilities, a playground area, and a lighted sports field used for baseball, soccer, and softball. A creek meanders along the edges of the park, encouraging exploration by curious youngsters. The picnic facilities may be rented by contacting the Recreation Department at 879-2132.

FEE SCHEDULE: $30 for 2 hour minimum, $15 per hour for each additional hour

Rotary Park

Located on the grounds of the Valdese Community Center on Arnaud Avenue and behind the tennis courts, Rotary Park has a picnic shelter and outdoor grill. The picnic facilities may be rented by contacting the Recreation Department at 879-2132.

FEE SCHEDULE: One Side $30 for 2 hour minimum & $15 per hour for each additional hour

Valdese Family Splash Park

Splash through the summer heat at the Valdese Family Splash Park located adjacent to the Valdese Recreation Center. Amenities include splash pad, playground, picnic shelter, and multipurpose building. The picnic shelter & multipurpose building may be rented for public use.

FEE SCHEDULE: Picnic Shelter $30 for 2hr minimum - $15 per hour for each additional hour
Multipurpose Building: $50 for 2hr minimum - $25 per hour for each additional hour

Located at 312 Massel Avenue (GPS - 35.740221,-81.55977), the Valdese Recreation Department offers a wide range of facilities and activities to the citizens of Valdese and the surrounding area. The department sponsors a number of special classes and activities for youth and adults. The recreation department oversees five facilities: Valdese Community Center, McGalliard Falls Park, Children's Park, Fletcher Ballpark, and Tiger Gym.

The Department is based in the Valdese Community Center, which also houses bowling lanes, a dedicated party room, snack bar and grill, fitness center, locker rooms, gymnasium, and staff offices. WIFI is available throughout the facility.  Also located on the grounds are two lighted tennis courts, and a year-round swimming pool (enclosed from mid-September through early May.)

Tiger Gym, behind the Old Rock School, is used for basketball and Futsal (Indoor Soccer).  Also located at the gym complex is a lighted walking track and football field used by the Recreation Department teams.

The Valdese Community Center Gymnasium and the Tiger Gym facility are also available for rent on a limited basis for parties, youth activities, and sporting events. Please check with the Recreation Department for available times and view or download the reservation form by selecting the link below. 

Recreation Department COVID-19 Plan

Public Playgrounds & Parks: The Valdese Recreation Department is preparing for the reopening of public playgrounds on Friday, September 4th by 5pm. The Valdese Family Splash Park will be operational Monday through Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm, beginning Saturday, 9/5/20.

We will offer outdoor shelter rentals at McGalliard Falls Park and Children’s Park. The Splash Park Shelter can be used on a first come, first served basis. Only 25 people may use the shelters at one time and remain socially distanced. For rental information please contact the Recreation Department at 828-874-6734. 

Memberships: All memberships are currently in effect. Silver Sneakers, Silver and Fit, and Renew Active members do not need to take any action regarding their memberships at this time. Please note that the Valdese Recreation Department no longer offers monthly memberships, although 10 visit punch cards without an expiration date are now available.

Fitness Center: The Fitness Center is currently operating at 75% on weekdays from 5:30am-1pm, and 4-9pm. On weekends, it is currently open from 7am-11am on Saturday mornings. Face masks are required for entry to and from the fitness room. In accordance with current North Carolina executive orders, face coverings ARE required in the fitness center during exercise. Each person visiting the Fitness Center will be provided a clean cloth and disinfectant upon check-in. Please maintain 6-foot social distancing practices while exercising. Patrons are asked to clean equipment before and after use with the provided disinfectant, and Recreation Department Staff has increased routine cleaning protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pool: The pool is operating at this time with all lanes divided in an effort to encourage social distancing between patrons and households. Patrons are permitted one to a lane unless they are from the same household. Weekday hours are from 7am-11am & 5pm-9pm Monday through Friday, and 7-11am Saturday mornings. We highly encourage patrons to call ahead and reserve a lane for their use as space is limited. Reservations for swimming can be made by calling 874-6737. If no one answers, please leave a message with the time you wish to come swim and a contact number. Reservations are not confirmed until you have received confirmation from a Fitness Center employee.

Fitness Classes:  Silver Sneakers classes, TRX classes, yoga classes, water aerobics classes, and Masters swim practices are currently meeting. Please check the program schedules page to find the most up-to-date calendar of classes.

Bowling will resume at 30% occupancy for leagues only, beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020. League bowlers may contact Ken McNeely for details on how the leagues will be structured.

2013 Valdese Parks & Recreation Comprehensive Development Plan


Doug Knight
Recreation Director

Stephanie Walton
Administrative Assistant

Jesse Bunton

Athletic Supervisor

Jonathan Carter
Athletic Supervisor

David Andersen
Aquatic & Fitness Supervisor

Aquatic & Fitness Center  (828) 874-6737
Community Center (828) 879-2132


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