Parks and rec committee approves Adopt-A-Street Program, sets dog park ribbon-cutting
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Troutman’s Parks and Recreation Committee met Monday afternoon to consider an Adopt-A-Street Program and hear updates on the dog park and the upcoming Front Porch Fest. They also received updates on ESC Park projects and events.
The Troutman Adopt-A-Street Program encourages community members and organizations to adopt residential street areas (not state maintained roads) to keep them litter free. Adopters commit to to cleaning their assigned areas at least three times per year “to maintain a healthy environment and to produce feelings of pride in our town.”
Groups or individuals will have their efforts recognized with an Adopt-A-Street sign in their assigned area.
The three-year commitment has no associated costs, and volunteers must follow the N.C. Department of Transportation’s “Safety Rules and Guidelines for Volunteers.” They can borrow safety vests and gloves and get trash bags at Town Hall.
Volunteers should clean both sides of assigned streets and separate as many recyclables from the collected debris as possible. The group must report their cleanup dates, amount of debris collected, and where they discarded the trash.
Volunteers can also report any noted repair needs to the town’s 311 Work Order System (troutman.mobile311.com).
To sign up for an area, contact Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson at email@example.com or call 704-528-7600. Volunteers will complete an application and a sign design form.
DOG PARK OPENING
The committee also set a tentative ribbon-cutting date for the Lake Norman Humane Dog Park at ESC Park for Tuesday, May 23, at 5 p.m.
Watson reported that the fencing is scheduled to go up May 16 (weather permitting), and the required concrete entrance pad will be poured the week of May 8.
FRONT PORCH FEST
Watson needs many volunteers for Front Porch Fest on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 50 vendors will be on hand to sell their wares. Five street food sources, including Wilson’s Weinie Wagon, Wingz on Wheelz, Pelligrinos, Old Tyme concessions, and Southern Treats, are signed up. Restaurants Randy’s Bar B Que and Subway are also in the festival area.
The street train will wind through the festival, providing rides for children and adults. A wood carver will be on hand, along with an assortment of Zootastic critters.
The event will have two stages: the Main Stage near the Depot and a Kids Zone stage featuring the musical and theatrical talents of students from South Iredell High, Iredell Charter, and Troutman Elementary.
To volunteer, contact Watson at the email or phone number above.
ESC PARK UPDATES
• Watson asked that residents continue voting for Troutman for the $20,000 Meet Me at the Park grant through the end of April. (Vote at https://www.meetmeatthepark.org)
• Sunshade “brellas” (75 percent funded by a Get Fit Iredell grant) will go up over the large playground structure during the first week of June. The check will be presented to Watson at the May 11 Town Council meeting.
• Committee Chair John Larew received a $216.09 check from Bojangles from the charity nights. The park has received almost $2,000 since the ESC Park nights (first and third Wednesday each month from 5 to 8 p.m.) began.
• The Farmer’s Market opens on Tuesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m. and will operate each Tuesday through October.
• The Little Free Library is open and registered. Community members are invited to take a book and leave a book.
• Troutman Rotary Club had a work day this past Saturday and mulched along the Fitness Trail and in the new dog park area.
• Rental fees for the pavilion are now reduced to $10 per hour ($20 non-residents) or $5 per hour for half of the pavilion ($10 for non-residents) with a two-hour minimum rental.
• The first Party in the Park will be on the evening of June 2.