Government's second park, Bakers Mountain Park, officially opened June
1, 2002. More than 800 people attended the park's grand opening on Saturday,
Catawba County Board of Commissioners, recognizing the importance of preserving
our natural heritage and after hearing from citizens living outside our
cities and towns who said they wanted parks closer to their homes, set
aside funds to be used to match available grant funds for park development,"
said Michael Talbert, Catawba County's Director of Facilities. "We
were able to secure a grant from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation
Trust Fund for $165,950 which covered half the costs of constructing the
new park. The other half came from the funds set aside in 1999. At 1780
feet, Bakers Mountain is the highest natural elevation in our county.
We have created a variety of trails, a large picnic area, an observation
deck and other features on 189.5 acres of County-owned land, which offer
our residents a spectacular view of the natural beauty of the western
North Carolina foothills."
held public meetings with citizens as far back as 1998 concerning the
possibility of building a park on Bakers Mountain," Talbert said.
"We held two more meetings in the Mountain View community in 2000
and 2001 to see if citizens there would be interested in a park on Bakers
Mountain and what kinds of features they would like to see in the park.
We received enthusiastic support for the park and some good ideas for
features. We've designed several different kinds of trails, so those who
just want to enjoy a casual walk on the mountain side may do so, and others
who hike for exercise and enjoy a more difficult challenge will have that
had lots of positive feedback from people in the southwestern part of
Catawba County about the new Bakers Mountain Park and more than 800 people
joined us for the park's opening day on June 1.," said Steve Ikerd,
Chair of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners. "Bakers Mountain
is a beautiful setting for the hiking trails and picnic tables that have
been placed there, and we especially appreciate that the designers of the
park left the historic older home sites and natural features of the area
undisturbed. The Board of Commissioners and I thank Facilities Director
Michael Talbert, Parks Supervisor Blair Rayfield, and our Parks Staff
for all their hard work to get the park ready for opening."