ARCHDALE — An annual update on the Archdale Parks and Recreation by City Manager Zeb Holden brought city council’s attention to Creekside Park’s new amenities and its fulfillment of a years-long plan.
Holden touted Creekside as the city’s premier recreation facility and said staff has done the work to ensure the pristine condition of the facilities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Holden said a particularly strong effort has been made to provide residents with the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities.
“I do want to give an ‘attaboy’ to that group for their creativity throughout the pandemic trying to address the need for public recreation, virtually at times when we’ve been shut down,” Holden said. “They’ve had to move exercise classes and yoga classes out of doors, offering socially distant programming where possible. They’ve even been having some ball leagues where feasible.”
Much of the improvement has occurred since Archdale adopted a master plan and received PARTF funding for upgrades to many of the park’s amenities. The city completed a master plan for the park in 2016 and has successfully sought funding opportunities for the implementation of its wide-ranging offerings.
The plan laid out a 20-year proposed facilities map for Creekside Park, allowing for additional amenities that included an amphitheater, challenge course, dog park, farmer’s market canopy, splash pad, multi-purpose and mountain bike trails, two volleyball courts, modifications to existing multi-purpose fields and four new picnic shelters. Renovations have also included additional parking and lighting.
Improvements provided updated accessibility for large and small playgrounds, new light fixtures for tennis courts, recreation center expansion, upgraded picnic shelters and bathrooms.
City staff reached the completion of its comprehensive plan after a year of public input and by working with Piedmont Triad Regional Council staff. A needs assessment began the process and was followed by a series of public meetings and focus groups aimed at aligning the team’s priorities with public response.
Councilman Lewis Dorsett applauded the efforts of staff in providing state-of-the-art facilities, the likes of which Holden said exceed the typical amenities of a city Archdale’s size.
“They’ve got it going on down there,” Dorsett said. “When we did our master plan several years ago, we looked at that and it’s beginning to pay off.”
Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.