I am always amazed by the unique use of land to provide parks to citizens. On a recent visit to Wilkesboro, I visited Cub Creek Park. Cu Creek meanders along the edge and through the park and the park is on both sides of Bridge Street. On one side there are a variety of athletic fields, courts for playing tennis, basketball and pickleball, a playground, picnic shelter and walking/running trail. After several hours in the car, the opportunity to explore the park via the trails was a welcomed opportunity.
Across the creek, I could see trails in the wooded area. A sign at the bridge across the creek told me the trails were closed. Following a little online research, I discovered in late 2015, the County Commissioners agreed to lease about 63 acres to the Town of Wilkesboro for the seven miles of trail. The multi-use trail can be used for mountain biking, jogging and walking and is suitable for novice mountain bikers, including children.
Next, it was time to cross Bridge Street and explore more of the park. Here I learned about the Yadkin River Greenway which was created through the cooperative efforts of citizens, landowners and the governments of Wilkes County, North Wilkesboro, Wilkesboro and the State of North Carolina. An informational sign in the park encourages everyone to be a “Greenway Keeper” by placing trash in containers, picking up trash left by others, taking recyclables home and to leave plants and animals for others to enjoy. It didn’t take long to spot a large community garden with many beds and a sign to let me know the master gardeners were involved. Next to the garden area was the dog park. And in the true spirit of collaboration, the local humane society was housed in a building near the dog park.
By making the most of the land along the river, this park offers many opportunities and it was great to see users making good use of the park. My only regret was not having more time to explore the greenway. Next time I hope to plan better.
For more information on Cub Creek Park visit http://www.wilkesboronorthcarolina.com/cub-creek-park