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 2020 Strategic Plan here.

PARK STAFF

Ashley Galleher

Ashley Galleher

Executive Director

Ashley Galleher brings more than four years of leadership experience in the non-profit world to her role as Executive Director of the Park, having worked for CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation in Truckee, Calif., from 2012 through 2016. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation Management/Commercial Recreation & Tourism Development from Appalachian State University in 2010. She remains an avid outdoor sports enthusiast. Ashley grew up in Valle Crucis and says the Valle Crucis Community Park was “essentially a second home during my childhood.”
John Welsh

John Welsh

Maintenance Staff

Blaine Bare

Maintenance Staff

Stefan Kunz

Maintenance Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Tracy Hastings

Tracy Hastings

Board President

Alex Dale

Alex Dale

Board Member

Marie Hoepfl

Marie Hoepfl

Past President

Paul Cribbins

Paul Cribbins

Board Member

Paul Gaskill

Paul Gaskill

Vice President

Mitch Mayhew

Mitch Mayhew

Board Member

Laura England

Laura England

Board Member

Tracey Heiss

Tracey Heiss

Board Member

Alice Vines

Alice Vines

Secretary

Rev. Anna Shine

Rev. Anna Shine

Treasurer

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Board Member

Mary Wood

Mary Wood

Board Member