Last updated: June 15. 2014 3:09PM - 575 Views
By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

Surry Parks and Recreation Director Daniel White shows proposed routes and maps out points of interest during public workshops on development of the park master plan.
Surry Parks and Recreation Director Daniel White shows proposed routes and maps out points of interest during public workshops on development of the park master plan.
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The last of four public recreation meetings by Surry Parks and Recreation staff was held last Thursday night at the Elkin Center. The meeting was for the public to weigh in and provide staffers with a chance to gather information on what items they would like to see offered in the way of Parks and Recreation in Surry County.

Director Daniel White of Surry County Parks and Recreation said he was delighted to see public interest throughout the meetings its department conducted over the past month.

“There’s a great sense for excitement with some of the items coming to Surry County. We have some of the best park space, many of the best community centers, too, who make up recreation for the county.” said White.

In the room, citizens were provided a survey sheet by park volunteers. The survey guided participants through a series of focus questions to determine user interest within county parks.

Each participant was given stickers to place over items they would like park officials to consider in its Master Plan.

In Elkin, the popular items were camping, trail development, horseback riding, mountain biking, and kayaking. County-wide, popular interests were for more opportunities for walking and concerts.

“Hiking trails. You have a lot of people here pushing hiking trails. We consider it all, but we take the data and crunch the numbers,” said White.

White said Surry County has community centers to provide local recreation activities to the citizens of Surry County. These recreation centers are:

• Cedar Ridge Youth Foundation

• Copeland Youth Foundation

• Lowgap Community Center

• Mountain Park Youth Foundation

• Salem Fork Community Park

• Sandy Level Community Council

• Shoals Community Recreation Center

• Westfield Booster Club

• White Plains Youth Association

“We lease the parks to local booster clubs. We get a lot of pride and community support. Lots of people come out and use the community centers for special family events. There are so many options,” said White.

Its not all about a center though. “We got our scenic parkway. You can do about 500 miles of bike routes throughout the county,” he said.

“Fisher River Park is our gem, about 125 acre park, with softball, soccer, an amphitheatre. What we’re showing here on the map you’re looking at are proposed trails, combined trails. Once we’re done, the trail will be close to 3 miles. Six miles of intermediate biking are available. It’s a really neat opportunity. We can’t do any of this without volunteers. They come out and help us take car of it,” said White.

“All of the historic building in Fisher Park are ours. The playground, some picnic shelters, and fireplace shelters. We’re hoping to add pickle ball,” said White. “No surprise to us, but seniors are so involved and are our fastest growing demographic. They’re involved.”

To weigh in online on the county parks plan, visit their website at www.co.surry.nc.us and under departments select parks and recreation.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 336-835-1513 or follow on Twitter @newsgonz

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