Celeste Park is in development as Rocky Mount's newest park.
The late Keister Greer, a local attorney and author, and his wife Ibby donated five acres for Celeste Park to the Town in 2006 as a tribute to Mr. Greer's late daughter, Celeste, who passed away at age 32. An additional acre was later added by Greer family relatives. The Town has a master plan calling for the park to be a quiet, contemplative spot with walking trails, picnic areas and stream-side relaxation at the upper reaches of Furnace Creek.Once fully developed, the six-acre parcel along Franklin Street near Fairlawn and Dent streets, will be the Town's largest park.
Ferrum College has helped with the development of the Park through grant applications written by its Students In Free Enterprise program. Grants helped purchase plant materials and picnic tables, making the park a popular lunch spot with its shady spots and cool breezes.
The park is served by a 12-spot parking lot and foot access by gravel trail across Furnace Creek.
The Town is currently accepting donations for the development of the park. Donations are tax-deductible, and may be sent to Town of Rocky Mount, Celeste Park Development, ATTN: Linda Woody, Finance Director, 345 Donald Avenue, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
The Town also seeks volunteers to assist with trail development at the park. Please contact Town Planner Josh Gibson at 540-483-0907 to express interest.