Members of North Carolina’s legislative delegation joined Gastonia City Council members on Thursday, November 2, to break ground on a 140-acre property in Gastonia that will become a recreational amenity close to Crowders Mountain State Park. The City announced redevelopment of the former golf course last September, which includes robust plans for transforming the site into a new recreation area for the City. The project will proceed in phases.
“I’m proud to have supported this project at the State level and applaud the City of Gastonia in expanding access to parks and recreation facilities to our residents,” said
NC Rep. Tim Moore, Speaker of the House.
“When completed, Linwood Springs Park will be a regional parks and recreation destination that will complement all of the great things at Crowders Mountain State Park and highlight the diversity of our city,” said Mayor Walker E. Reid.
A letter was read from Sen. Thom Tillis congratulating “everyone involved in this endeavor for the vision, determination, and effort in creating a green space near Crowders Mountain.”
State and local officials attending the event included:
- NC Rep.Tim Moore – NC Speaker of the House
- Kelly Hastings
- John Torbett
- US Rep. Jeff Jackson’s representative, Devonte Wilson – Director of Community Engagement
- Chad Brown – Chairman of Gaston County Board of Commissioners
- Mayor Walker E. Reid
- City Council Members: Donyel Barber, Charles Odom, and Jennifer Stepp
All elected officials who were present participated in the groundbreaking ceremony while fireworks were displayed in the background.
PHOTOS: groundbreaking ceremony
(left to right): Commissioner Chad Brown, Councilwoman Donyel Barber, Rep. John Torbett, NC Rep. Tim Moore (Speaker of House), Mayor Walker E., Reid, Devonte Wilson (from US Rep. Jeff Jackson’s Office), Rep. Kelly Hastings, Councilwoman Jennifer Stepp, Councilman Charles Odom