Outdoors

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125th Anniversary Mural

This mural created by Tom and Casey Kilgore of CK Paints, depicts a Waldensian Family and their home in the Cottian Alps, which is where the Original Settlers of Valdese traveled from to make Valdese their home.
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Charters of Freedom

Foundation Forward, Inc. is a non-profit educational project, 501(c)(3). ​It is an educational organization that builds…
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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.
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Fletcher Ball Park

The park consists of 2 ball fields, concession stand and also includes an observation deck overlooking McGalliard Falls Park.
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Le Phare des Alpes (LPDA)

The families of the early settlers of Valdese faced all of the problems faced today by growing families. However, there were some major differences in the approach to solving these problems. The settlers in Valdese in the early 1900's did not have hospitalization insurance, burial insurance, nor any of the other social welfare practices to which we are accustomed today.
McGalliard Falls

McGalliard Falls Park

Elegant waterfall, just minutes from Downtown Valdese. Easily walk to one of the overlooks or dip your toes in the McGalliard Creek. Perfect place to rewind with family, friends and pets!
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Meytre Grist Mill

McGalliard Falls Park has been a favorite gathering place for Valdese citizens and visitors alike for over a century. T…
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The Arrival

The art installation depicts the arrival of the original Waldensian settlers who came to Valdese on May 29th, 1893 as they departed the “No. 11” train at the Valdese Depot.
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Three Graces

The Three Graces were put in place by the Public Arts Commission. The bronze, aluminum, and copper structure represents beauty, mirth, and good cheer. The three sculptures exhibit the same geometry of form but have different size, materials, and texture that responds to each change of light and atmosphere.
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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.
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Valdese Lakeside Park

300 acre passive park owned by The Town of Valdese and maintained by Friends of the Valdese Rec - the group fundraising…
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