DOBSON — Thursday evening Dobson Town Manager Josh Smith highlighted the fact that Dobson had received the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Beatification Award.
In an interview Smith said that the town had received the award for its work on the new Dobson Square Park. “We turned an old parking lot and a vacant home filled with termites and asbestos into a beautiful downtown park,” commented Smith.
Smith said that the park offers free fun for folks with children. He also said that the park’s relatively small size allows parents to walk the trail around the park while still keeping an eye on their children playing on the playground. According to Smith the park is drawing people from outside the town and even the county to the town.
Smith said there were naysayers when the park project began, many of whom cited the proximity of Fisher River Park to Dobson Square Park as reasoning to nix the project. Smith said that with crowds of people packing the park from sun-up to sun-down, most naysayers have changed their minds on the park project.
According to Smith the total cost for the Dobson park project was about $1.3 million, $500,000 of which was funded through a North Carolina Parks and Recreation grant. Smith said the award “further demonstrates how beneficial this project was to our community.”
Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce President Myra Cook said that officials from Dobson, which is a member of the chamber, received the beautification award at a banquet on July 16.
Cook also pointed to the park’s success in bringing visitors to the town. According to Cook the park has one feature that catapults it above many similar venues — the splash-pad.
Cook, like Smith, said that people are coming from all over the Yadkin Valley to allow their children the opportunity to splash around at Dobson Square Park. Cook described the park and its splash-pad as “a feature that brings tourists from miles away.”
“There is no one more deserving than the Town of Dobson to win the beautification award,” remarked Cook.
Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or [email protected]