Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina hosts public celebration of Oak Hill Community Park and Forest project on March 28

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina invites the public to attend an event on Saturday, March 28 to celebrate the conservancy’s successful purchase of the first section of land for the Oak Hill Community Park and Forest. The celebration will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 2239 N.C. Highway 181 in Morganton.

Two months prior, on Jan. 28, Foothills Conservancy purchased 330 acres of the 651-acre proposed park property in the Oak Hill community. With the first phase complete, fundraising is underway to purchase the remaining 321 acres of the park property by June.

Honoring this huge step in the project’s progress, the event begins with a guided hike on the property at 5 p.m., followed by a cookout, marshmallow roast and lawn games from 6-8 p.m. at the church’s outdoor shelter.

The event’s location, however, wasn’t chosen by chance. The Oak Hill United Methodist Church holds special meaning to this park project, to the community and to Foothills Conservancy staff.

“The first section of land that we purchased is essentially the church’s backyard, and Pastor Paul McClure and his congregation have been paramount in the success of this first phase of funding,” said Foothills Conservancy’s Executive Director Andrew Kota. “Last year, they hosted Foothills Conservancy in their multipurpose activity center for two community meetings that helped spark community interest and initiate private fundraising.”

The conservancy is hopeful about the acquisition of the second phase of the property.

“Although we still have fundraising to do, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to celebrate the significant progress we have made by purchasing the first phase, 330 acres of the 651-acre parcel,” said Associate Director Beth Willard-Patton. “We hope people of all ages will join us for some classic cookout food and casual conversation at this celebration!”

Those interested in attending must RSVP by calling or emailing Sophie Shelton at 828-437-9930 or This event is free and open to the public.