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Lansing seeks help repairing flood damage

Flood waters wash away newly installed picnic tables and cause damage to swings at Lansing’s Creeper Trail Park.

To help Lansing Creeper Trail Park:

  • Checks should be labeled in the memo line as “park fund,” and mailed to: Lansing Fire Department, PO Box 176, Lansing, NC 28643.
  • A drop off box for donations can also be found at Lansing Food.
  • For more information or with questions, contact Shirley Farmer at (336) 977-0944.
Originally published: May. 2, 2013
Last modified: May. 3, 2013

Heather Samudio

Recent flooding has caused damage throughout the county, and the Lansing Creeper Trail Park felt the effects as well.

The park lost five picnic tables, and the landscaping that had been done was damaged as well, according to Greater Lansing Area Development Board Project Manager, Ann Rose.

“The picnic tables were just crushed,” she said. “They floated away and were demolished, but we were able to use donations to replace those.”

Mulch had been placed on the playground area and for the edging and a big portion of that was washed away.

Volunteers have been able to replace some of the landscaping and mulch, but now the park is in need of double reground mulch.

“The boundary, edging area is supposed to have the double reground mulch as the top layer,” Rose said. “It would probably take a truck load to go on top of the mulch tips which were donated.”

Everette Adams of the Lansing Fire Department said that damage had also been done to one of the baby swings.

“One of the baby swings is broken and needs to be replaced,” he said.

GLAD, the LFD and the Town of Lansing work together to promote the town and keep the park and other areas looking nice and in good working order.

“We all help each other out,” Rose said. “That’s what it takes; a concerted effort of all involved to keep things going, raising money and doing the work days.”

According to Rose and Everette Adams of the LFD, the hope is that some individuals, businesses or organizations will be willing to assist with replacing the mulch and the swing.

Keep Ashe Beautiful has donated 500 daffodil bulbs to the park, and Rose said they do not currently have the manpower to plant the bulbs.

“We need volunteers to help plant the bulbs in the park because they need to be planted as soon as possible,” Rose said.

Volunteers are planning to have a work day at the park later this month or in early June, but Rose said individuals can call her at (336) 466-4790 or email her at (glad28643@gmail.com) to volunteer at any time prior to the work day too.

The park has become a favorite spot for the area, according to Shirley Farmer of Lansing.

“The community enjoys the time spent there,” she said. “It is used for birthday parties, family gatherings, fundraisers and meetings.”

Farmer added that volunteers are needed, not only at the park, but to help with the fire department, barbecues and the festivals.

Interested individuals can help out on Wednesday, May 22, during the Big Horse Creek Clean-Up along with the National Committee for the New River.

Trash will be picked up from the Little Horse Creek bridge to the New River bend at the low water bridge on McNeil Road.

The LFD will host the Ashe County Honor Guard barbecue at 10 a.m. Saturday. Adams said they have approximately 400 chicken halves to sell and the event would last until all the chicken was gone.

“We could be out as early as noon,” he added.

Interested individuals can come by to buy a meal or call the department at (336) 384-4545 for takeout orders. Adams said they would deliver meals while the food was available.

The next event for Lansing will be the Annual Music and Rubber Duck Festival on Saturday, May 25.

The festival is held from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will feature barbecue chicken, hotdogs and hamburgers for sale as well as musical entertainment throughout the day.

Special fly fishing demonstrations, fly tying and events for children will also be held.

The festival is used as a fundraiser to benefit the Lansing VFD’s children’s Christmas project.

The Ola Belle Reed Music Festival will be held again this year in Lansing and is set for Aug. 9 and 10.

Rose said the stage schedule is already online at http://www.olabellefest.com. Admission to the festival is $3 for Friday and $5 for Saturday.

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