Valdese Lakeside Park Project

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? Use the address 399 Lovelady Road Northeast, Valdese, NC 28690. 

In partnership with Destination by Design & Friends of the Valdese Rec, the Town of Valdese has been working on the Master Plan for Valdese Lakeside Park. Through grant funding, industry contributions and pledges from numerous citizens, the property for Valdese Lakeside Park was purchased in January 2018. 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. 

Download - Valdese Lakeside Park Project - Master Plan Presentation

Presentation by Destination By Design  |  Presentation by Town Manager Seth Eckard


The Valdese Lakeside Park land was purchased with contibutions from the following organizations: 

  • NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund awarded the $673,000 grant to help purchase the land.
  • ‎PARTF grant for $300k for the land purchase
  • Rostan Family Foundation – donated $300,000
  • Kellex Seating donated $100,000 to the purchase of the land and park amenities
  • Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge - $50,000 for park amentities










Want to learn more about what parks can do for our community? Check these out:

Town of Valdese City Manager Presentation- Financial Review of Lakeside Park

Blue Ridge Now- DOT economic impact of NC Greenways

Evaluating the Economic Impact of Shared Use Paths in NC- NCDOT, NCSU, ALTA Planning & Design

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