Mayo River State Park to Hold Special Event for Community, Park Supporters

Mayo River State Park to Hold Special Event for Community, Park Supporters

RALEIGH — People will have an opportunity to tour Mayo River State Park’s new facilities and meet the park staff during a “meet and greet” event at the park in Rockingham County on June 5, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

The event at the state park just north of Mayodan on U.S. 220 Business will begin at 11 a.m. with remarks from state parks officials and community leaders.

The park’s interim facilities opened to the public April 1 at a 398-acre site known locally as Old Mayo Park, and they include a restored, historic picnic shelter, picnic grounds, play fields, a restroom building and a ranger contact station. The N.C. General Assembly authorized the new state park in 2003. The park now encompasses 1,961 acres at several sites along the Mayo River corridor.

“Ever since the state parks system began contemplating a new state park along the Mayo River, the community and the local governments in Rockingham County have shown tremendous support and encouragement,” said Fred Watkins, the state park superintendent. “It’s important that we continue to develop the relationships we’ve forged.”

What is now considered the Mayo Mountain Access to the state park has been a beloved recreation site in Rockingham County since 1948 when Washington Mills developed it as a community recreation area with two small lakes and a bath house. The state parks system acquired the property in 2004 from Avalon Development Corp. The signature pavilion-style picnic shelter at the site was designed by renowned architect Antonin Raymond.

The $1.7 million project to develop interim facilities was supported by the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, the principal funding source for state park land acquisition and capital projects.

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