Did You Know:

Canton was originally Cherokee Indian Territory. A post office first opened here in 1837 and the community at the time was named Pigeon River.

The public is invited to the second of three meetings on the design of a proposed County Sports Park in Jonathan Valley at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 25 at the Haywood County Office Building located at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville.


The purpose of this public meeting will be to present up to three conceptual master plans for the park, based on input from the first public meeting held March 4 and an online survey. Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, the consultant team for the park design, will facilitate the meeting.


In addition to receiving public input, the three workshops will help position the county to apply for grants for the development of the facility, since no county funds are available. Each of the workshops will build on the information gathered from the previous meeting. Following Thursday’s meeting, BWSC will produce a draft final plan that includes the preferred park diagram with cost estimates, to present to the Recreation Advisory Board in April. The third and final public meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27 at Maggie Valley Town Hall.

BWSC previously worked with Haywood County and the municipalities to prepare a Comprehensive System-wide Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which was approved in March 2007. Recreation opportunities in the Jonathan Creek area was one of the needs identified in the Master Plan. The cost of developing the Site Master Plan will be $14,950. The plan is being paid for by revenues generated by a lease the County currently has on the property, and by $10,000 approved by the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority from occupancy tax collections in the Maggie Valley and Waynesville areas. The TDA Zip Code Subcommittees for Maggie Valley and Waynesville each recommended $5,000 toward the project.

For questions or more information, contact Haywood County Recreation and Parks at 828-452-6789.


Download and post flier on second park meeting


For more information, contact:
David Teague,
Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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