The Lansing Board of Aldermen were updated on the status of the Creeper Trail Park Project during its regular scheduled meeting on Monday, July 14.
“(The design team) will come next month and they are going to present to the town some branding ideas and options, because they have a branding company that works on signs and logos, and things like that for the signs that will be placed throughout the park,” said Ann Rose, president for the Greater Lansing Area Development (GLAD).
Part of what will be discussed are suggestions on how the signs should look, or if the community wants benches and stages dedicated to people in the town.
“There will be a lot of options (available),” Rose said. “It will probably take a lot of time to go over all of the options. At that point, they will also have the mapping ready.”
Rose said the developers want Lansing to consider putting a zip line through the park for the community to use. If the zip line were to be placed, it would be set up near the Citgo gas station on Big Horse Creek Road.
“It is not something the town would manage,” she said. “It would be something like the town would lease the property to the company for $1 a year and the company would run and install it.”
Lansing Mayor George Rembert then asked if the town would make any money off of the zip line if they were leasing the property for so cheap.
“Yes, (Lansing) would get about 20 percent of the gross income,” Rose said. “You would just let them lease the property so they could run the company on town land.”
Rose said the town would also be making money off of the camp sites and water wheels generating electricity.
“I think that is an important consideration going forward is helping to generate revenues,” Rembert said.
Ola Belle Reed
The aldermen were also updated on the Ola Belle Reed festival, which is around the corner for the town.
“Ola Belle is pretty much laid out,” Rose.”We still lack a couple of volunteers in the car parking area. We don’t need people to drive, we just need somebody who can help direct.”
Rembert asked if the parking could be done by the JROTC volunteers, but Rose said it could not due to new rules regarding liability. School volunteers will still be able to help complete their community service requirements by helping out in other ways.
“Also because school was out (Ashe County Schools superintendent Dr. Todd Holden) said it would be difficult to get students,” Rose said. “If there was anything else they could do, like take care of the recycling cans, then they can.”
The Ola Belle Reed Festival will take place on Aug. 8-9 at the Lansing Creeper Trail Park. Tickets for the event will be $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday and $15 for a two day ticket. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted into the festival for free.
On Friday Aug. 8, it will start at 5 p.m. with the last group taking the stage at 10 p.m. On Saturday, Aug. 9, the first band will perform at noon, with the last group performing at 10 p.m.
For more information, visit www.OlaBelleFest.com/. The Ola Belle Reed Festival is a community-based event and fundraiser sponsored by GLAD, a 501(c)3 organization committed to the revitalization of Lansing, the birthplace of Ola Belle Reed.
For more information on the town of Lansing, visit www.explorelansingnc.com/
Ola Belle Reed Festival Schedule:
Friday, Aug. 8
5 p.m. Sheets Family Band
6 p.m. Rock Bottom Bluegrass Band
7 p.m. Time Sawyer
8 p.m. The Amigos Band
9 p.m. Whitetop Mountain Band
10 p.m. Melissa Reaves Band
Saturday, Aug. 9
Noon Crooked Road Ramblers
1 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass
2 p.m. Ashe Breeze Band
3 p.m. The VW Boys
4 p.m. Big Country Bluegrass
5 p.m. The Elkville String Band with Wayne Henderson
6 p.m. The VW Boys
7 p.m. The Troubadours
8 p.m. Jerry McCoury with Terry Baucom, Bobby Hicks and Friends, featuring David Reed
10 p.m. The Harris Brothers
Also new this year is a second stage for the Ola Belle Reed Festival. The stage is the storytelling stage, featuring poets, and other spoken word artists, as well as performances.
Friday, Aug. 8
5:45 p.m. Taylon Hope Miller
6:45 p.m. To Be Announced
7:45 p.m. Kenni Falls
8:45 p.m. David Reed
Saturday, Aug. 9
12:45 p.m. Zack Arnold and Friends
1:45 p.m. Jacob Greer and Friends
2:45 p.m. To Be Announced
3:45 p.m. Wayne Henderson and Charles Welch
4:45 p.m. Dancin’ Debbies
5:45 p.m. Molly Andrews
6:45 p.m. Wayne Henderson and Charles Welch
7:45 p.m. Molly Andrews
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.