POINT PLEASANT — This Saturday a community build project will happen at Harmon Park as new fitness equipment is installed on the grounds, thanks to a Try-This WV mini-grant.
The build starts at 9 a.m., Saturday at Harmon Park and those who would like to volunteer will also be fed by members of the Point Pleasant Bike Trail (PPBT) committee, which actually applied for the mini-grant.
Try-This WV is a non-profit organization that works toward promoting and implementing a healthier and more active lifestyle in the Mountain State. During the grant application window, the PPBT did not have a project that fit the criteria. However, PPBT members realized that they could still bring this growth to town to promote health and wellness despite the fact it didn’t involve bicycles.
As previously reported, the PPBT committee was awarded nearly $1,000 to build pieces of outdoor exercise equipment to provide the beginnings of an outdoor gym in the center of Point Pleasant, specifically at Harmon Park. After seeking city council’s approval, it was decided that Harmon Park was the best location due to its central location and proximity to the PPBT “Safe Bike Route.”
Gabe Roush, member of the PPBT committee and a Point Pleasant City Councilman, said the outdoor exercise equipment will include a horizontal rock climbing wall which is 16 feet long and eight feet high, pull-up bars, parallel bars, a balance beam that is 16-feet long, sit-up bench, and box-jump-boxes or a stretching station.
Roush said the idea behind applying for the mini-grant was to give people more options when it comes to getting more physically fit and active. He also said, the PPBT committee wanted to “shoot small, to see what kinds of things we could come up with” when it came to promoting more wellness opportunities.
None of the equipment is prefabricated, which saved the committee some money in terms of labor. Similar outdoor exercise equipment can be found in larger cities, like at Huntington’s Ritter Park. Roush said some of the new equipment may even attract those interested in CrossFit who would like to step out of the gym.
The new equipment, which will be placed near the concrete pad that used to house the skate park, should be installed by the end of the day on Saturday.
Volunteers are welcome and needed on Saturday for the community build project.
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