WOODFIN, NC – The Town of Woodfin has received national recognition for their renovation of the Roy Pope Memorial Park. In the summer of 2007 the Town of Woodfin in partnership with the King family began the renovation of the playground area of the park and launched Avery’s Little Corner on September 1, 2007. This month the Town and the King family were recognized for their work in an article in Parks and Recreation Magazine the official magazine of the National Recreation and Parks.
In an article titled Playgrounds Revived, the association recognized the revival of the Woodfin park along with similar revitalization efforts in Atlanta, GA and Richmond, VA. "Obviously we’re pleased to see that the restoration of this park has been acknowledged nationally, but the real testament to its success is the sight of so many children and families coming together here on a daily basis. That is the real success," commented Woodfin Mayor Jerry VeHaun.
The park was renovated through a combination of donations to the Avery King Foundation, direct private contributions, and Woodfin tax dollars. "We see this as a perfect example of public private partnership. The Kings have erected a lasting memorial to Avery and people from all over have a perfect environment to come together and appreciate the gift of family and fun," said Woodfin Town Administrator Jason Young.
Avery’s Little Corner is located in the Roy Pope Memorial Park and is located at 90 Elk Mountain Road in Woodfin, directly behind Town Hall. It is open 7 days a week from 5 AM to 10 PM. It has bathrooms, a picnic shelter, a walking trail and a wide variety of play equipment. Dogs are not permitted at the Roy Pope Memorial Park but are accommodated at Woodfin Riverside Park. The picnic shelter is available for reservation on a first come first served basis.
The Parks and Recreation Magazine article can be found at: Woodfin Article