First Posted: 7/5/2009
SHOALS When the people of the Shoals community make up their collective mind to do something, it is assured that it will be done. A community park project that began in 1995 has grown into more than a half million dollar project that spans 100 acres.
Adam McComb, Surry County Parks and Recreation director, said the county recently received a $500,000 grant to help fund an addition to the original project from the N.C. Park and Recreation Trust Fund.
At the last Surry County Board of Commissioners meeting on June 15, the board agreed to put $59,000 toward the Shoals Recreation Committees fund to reimburse grant money that was spent up front on architectural and design work.
The new park, which has already been partially graded, will adjoin an existing park located behind the Shoals Volunteer Fire Department where the old elementary school used to stand. The Shoals group purchased 87 acres, which they donated to the county in order to receive grant money from the state to expand the park. .
Eddie Brown, the chairman of the Shoals Recreation Committee, said the group met with McComb and the contractor last week and agreed to do some of the work on the project themselves. They eliminated some of the features of the park they are hoping to add back to the project when additional funds are raised. A contract was signed last week and work on the project is expected to begin next week. One of those features include reverting to a gravel parking lot rather than a paved one.
The park will include two adult softball fields, a soccer field, a one-mile walking trail, disc golf, a concession stand with rest rooms and parking.
Brown said that the Shoals area is one of the fastest growing regions of Surry County. He wants to create something that can be enjoyed for generations to come.
It will be something nice, we just have to raise the money, Brown said.
Ronnie Inman, who is also on the committee, donates his time to mow the existing park. He said others in the community volunteer their time to clean the rest rooms and trim the grass around the park.
The existing park has a playground, rest rooms with shower facilities and camper hook-ups which are mainly used for a handicapped camp that is held the third week of July.
Brown said the Shoals Recreation Committee will hold its main fundraiser on Aug. 22. There will be raffles and auctions. The group has also decided to sell memorials to honor people who have donated money to the park effort.
We have as nice a facility here as anybody in the county, Brown said. We are very appreciative of the commissioners for what they have done. We appreciate everything they did to help us.
Work on the park is anticipated to be finished in 90 days.
I think it will be a great asset to our community, Brown said.
Contact Mondee Tilley at [email protected] or at 719-1930.