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Who We Are

HISTORY

In 1983, members of the Valle Crucis Community joined forces to preserve a 12-acre tract of land along the Watauga River that was slated for development as a recreational vehicle campground. Their efforts were successful, and the Valle Crucis Community Park was born. The park’s founders held a clear vision for the land: That it should remain undeveloped, as a recreational and gathering space for the community, in perpetuity.

Today Valle Crucis Community Park has grown into a 28-acre destination for High Country residents as well as visitors to the area. The park is open to the public year-round and provides space for a variety of outdoor activities.

MISSION

To provide a safe and peaceful recreation resource and gathering space for our community, preserve open space, and educate our visitors about natural resources and the importance of protecting them for future generations.

STRATEGIC PLAN

Every year, the Park’s Board of Directors evaluates and updates its strategic initiatives and lays out a road map of priority tasks for the year. View the Park’s 2022 Strategic Plan here.

PARK STAFF

Gardner Hoover

Gardner Hoover

Executive Director

Gardner joined the Park staff in February 2022 as Executive Director. He holds a degree in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University and most recently served as manager of the Habitat Restore in Boone. A resident of the High Country for over 20 years, Gardner lives in Valle Crucis with his wife and son.

Langley Earnhardt

Langley Earnhardt

Office Manager

Langley Earnhardt, our Office Manager at Valle Crucis Community Park, holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Recreation and Parks Management. Passionate about environmental education and conservation, Langley also enjoys searching for salamanders and expressing her creativity through crafts.

Robin Aderhold

Head of Maintenance

Paul Laurent

Park Naturalist

Skipper Blair

Maintenance Staff

Stefan Kunz

Maintenance Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2024

John Tumminello

John Tumminello

Board President

Alicia Toomey

Alicia Toomey

Board Secretary

Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts

Board Member

J.D. Dooley

J.D. Dooley

Past Board President

Heather Pannill

Heather Pannill

Board Member

Anders Sjostrand

Anders Sjostrand

Board Member

Christine Thompson

Christine Thompson

Board Vice President

Tracey Thompson

Tracey Thompson

Board Member

Katherine Chesnutt

Katherine Chesnutt

Board Member

Marilee Reed

Marilee Reed

Board Member

Matt Sturge

Matt Sturge

Board Treasurer

Marisa Sedlak

Marisa Sedlak

Board Member

Sharon Breitenstein

Sharon Breitenstein

Board Member

Lucy Binning

Lucy Binning

Board Member