Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 13, 2014
Editor’s note: This article has been changed to correct the date of the RiverPark work day.
COOLEEMEE — Even though it’s a nature park, work to preserve The Bullhole never really ends. Eroding trails need mending, undergrowth needs clearing, downed trees need removal and new trails need creating.
That is what the Davie High School Football Team and their coaches have been doing for the past few years, supported by others who are dedicated to this park on the South Yadkin River.
At 8 a.m. on March 29, a Saturday, volunteers will gather for a RiverPark work day at the Margaret C. Woodson Picnic Shelter on the Rowan County side. It is located at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road, turn on to Needmore Road from NC Highway 801.
A light breakfast of coffee, juice and biscuits will be provided by the Davie County United Way. Volunteers will get their work gloves and break into work teams assigned to both sides of the river.
RiverPark President Daphne Beck, and board members Ron Bivins and Jason Walser, hope that volunteers will come out from Rowan County to join their Davie County neighbors to support this effort.
“This park is a great recreational asset for both counties and enjoyed by residents of all ages. It deserves a little hard work for both communities,” says Beck.
This year, plans are to create a new trail along the river above the dam on the Davie side if the area is dry enough to permit work. In addition, a small section will be cleared on the Rowan side for a play area near the big picnic shelter. With two swings, a slide and a small climbing wall, it is expected to attract more shelter rentals by family reunion and church groups. Memorial donations from the family and friends of Terry Wilson assisted in making this project possible.
The work day will end at noon with a lunch provided by Hot Digity Dogs operated by Brad and Stephanie Waller. Brad is a RiverPark board member and Stephanie is its events coordinator. To volunteer, show up on time in long pants, long sleeves and sturdy shoes or boots at the picnic shelter. For more information call 336-284-6040.