ribbon cutting

Iredell County has announced it will hold a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated East Iredell Lions Club Community Park.

The ceremony will be Jan. 25 at 10 a.m.

In late 2017, the East Iredell Lions Club donated 8 acres and a 2,292-square-foot community building, located at 336 River Hill Road, Statesville, for the purpose of a new Community Park in the East Iredell Community. Initial renovations by the Iredell County Facility Services Department include new HVAC; a complete remodel of the kitchen and bathrooms, making them ADA-compliant; expanded parking area; and a short walking trail with benches.

“We are delighted to see the long term vision of the East Iredell Lions Club come to fruition. Our hope is that we have made improvements to enhance the property in a way that will make the Lions Club members proud, while serving the needs of the community through recreational opportunities, which improve health and wellness, as well as quality of life,” said Parks and Recreation Director Michelle Hepler.

Future improvements will be made based on public input and could include a small playground, multi-use playing fieldand a small picnic area.

The East Iredell Lions Club established its charter in 1959, and the group moved into its clubhouse in 1962.

The building has been available to the community for family reunions, bridal and baby showers, and birthday and anniversary parties for a nominal fee. There was a ballfield maintained on the property, which was also used by the community. The East Iredell Lions Club has been most famous for the two ham breakfasts held each year, as well as the fiddler conventions held at Cool Spring School. The fundraisers were conducted to help visually and hearing-impaired residents in Iredell County.

For more information, contact the Iredell County Park and Recreation Department at 704-878-3103.

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