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Mountain Creek Park will open to public with June 18 celebratio­n


Mountain Creek Park, the Catawba County Park System’s newest outdoor destinatio­n, will open to the public with a grand opening celebratio­n on Saturday, June 18. The park, which spans 606 acres on the northweste­rn tip of Lake Norman, is located at 6554 Little Mountain Rd. in Sherrills Ford. Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.

Scheduled activities to celebrate the park’s grand opening on the 18th include an 8:00 a.m. bird walk with Ranger Dwayne Martin; 9:00 a.m. pollinator garden tour with Ranger Tiffany Huffman; 9:50 a.m. flag ceremony with Boy Scout Troop 372; 10:00 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony; 11:00 a.m. pump track demonstrat­ion; 12:00 p.m. guided hike with Ranger Matthew Rodriguez; 1:00 p.m. bike tool station demo; 2:00-4:00 p.m. kids’ corner games and crafts; 4:00 p.m. foraging hike with Ranger Tommy Morrell; 5:00 p.m. guided hike with Ranger Melody Key; and a 6:00 p.m. tree identifica­tion hike with Ranger Lori Owenby.

Other special activities offered throughout the day include a self-guided scavenger hunt with prizes, face painting, a selfie station and a vendor fair. A variety of food trucks will also be on site. In addition to participat­ing in grand opening activities, the public will be welcome to explore and experience Mountain Creek Park’s various amenities. These include 18.7 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a large adventure playground, a fishing pier, a canoe/kayak launch, an observatio­n platform, a paved ADA-accessible trail, pickleball courts, a mountain bike pump track, picnic areas, an outdoor classroom, and a dog park.

The event is free and open to the public. Dog park passes are required for each dog using the dog park with proof of vaccinatio­ns and a $20 fee per dog. Passes will be available at the park office on opening day. Dog park applicatio­ns and informatio­n can be accessed online at www. catawbacou­ on the County Services/Parks page. Picnic shelter reservatio­ns will not be available for grand opening day.

Mountain Creek Park was created through a public-private partnershi­p among Catawba County, the North Carolina Land and Water Fund, Duke Energy, and the Catawba Lands Conservanc­y. Wirth & Associates, Inc., served as the design-build consultant for the park. Park constructi­on was provided by JD Goodrum Company, and the trails were designed and built by Elevated Trail Design. The park is operated by Catawba County as part of the Catawba

County Park System, which includes Bakers Mountain Park in Hickory, Riverbend Park in Conover, and St. Stephens Park in Hickory.

Informatio­n about the grand opening celebratio­n is available at www.catawbacou­

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