Foundation offers ‘thank you’ for community park assistance

10:00 am | July 12, 2013

Despite the county’s Parks and Recreation Board being unable to meet, the officers of the Roan Mountain Recreation Foundation still took time to deliver a message to the county, and the public.

Photo by Danny DavisRoan Mountain Recreation Foundation Vice President Erik Anderson extends his gratitude to members of county government and the Roan Mountain community for helping maintain the Roan Mountain Community Park.

Photo by Danny Davis
Roan Mountain Recreation Foundation Vice President Erik Anderson extends his gratitude to members of county government and the Roan Mountain community for helping maintain the Roan Mountain Community Park.

The message was simple. “Thank you.”

On Thursday afternoon, RMRF Vice-President Erik Anderson extended his gratitude to the county officials and citizens who have donated both time and money to maintaining the Roan Mountain Community Park.

The park, located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 19E and state Route 143, was built on the site of one of Roan Mountain’s most affected areas during the flood of 1998. For Anderson, now, more than 15 years later, the area serves as an example of how disaster can sometimes result in unforeseen benefits.

“I think the park is a success story of how the county turned catastrophe into something good for everyone,” Anderson said. “It’s a pleasure to see people who use, take care of, finance, facilitate, and set the rules for the park.”

Although the gathering was meant to be a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board, only one member, Ralph Watson, was in attendance. Even so, he offered the board’s support to Anderson for future endeavors.

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