Two special events were held Friday evening, September 28 at the new Alexander County Courthouse Park in downtown Taylorsville.
Local officials and members of the Taylorsville Rotary Club held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Rotary Performance Stage to be constructed at the park. The stage will bring live music and performances to the downtown area beginning in 2019. Guest speakers included Ronnie Reese, Chairman of the Alexander County Board of Commissioners; George Holleman, Mayor of the Town of Taylorsville; and Paul Sink, Fundraising Chairperson for the Taylorsville Rotary Club.
Sink named the many organizations, businesses, and individuals that have donated to help fund the stage, while expressing his appreciation to Alexander County Government for beautifying the property and planning for the future. Reese said that the park was formerly a car dealership, which was later purchased by the county for use as departments and a garage. The county then demolished the aging buildings, with the idea of creating a downtown park for the public to enjoy.
The evening also included the dedication of a new mural on the Heafner Office Complex Building, which is located on the corner of the park. The mural, funded by local attorney Robert Campbell, depicts several county landmarks and will be a draw for visitors. The artist, Todd Donahue of Imagination Works in Statesville, is also painting a mural on a smaller building on the opposite corner, which is being funded by Alexander Railroad Company and Alexander County Government. Campbell noted that, “change is here in Taylorsville and Alexander County.” Following remarks by Campbell, Reese, and Holleman, a ribbon cutting was held in front of the mural.
Attendees then enjoyed live music with Sarah Tucker, inflatables for the children, food, and fellowship.
The Alexander County Courthouse Park is located at 131 West Main Avenue, Taylorsville, NC 28681.