Grant provides exercise equipment for Harmon Park

Staff Report

POINT PLEASANT —Members of the Point Pleasant Bike Trail (PPBT) Committee will be installing outdoor exercise equipment at Harmon Park, with equipment being paid for through a “Try-This WV” mini-grant.

The PPBT was awarded nearly $1,000 to build at least six pieces of equipment to provide the beginnings of an outdoor gym in the center of Point Pleasant. After seeking city council’s approval, it was decided that Harmon Park was the best location due to its central location, proximity to the PPBT “Safe Bike Route,” and the need to finally utilize the vacant concrete pad that was once the skate park.

Part of the requirements for this grant is that members engage the community through promotion of the project and gaining volunteers to work on it. PPBT members will be holding a public meeting in the Harmon Park Youth Center at 6 p.m., Monday, Feb 20, to do just that and more.

“Not only do we hope that this project will provide a new physical activity opportunity for locals, but we hope that it will attract people from the surrounding area’s who are into cross fit but want to get out of the gym,” according to the PPBT members. “We’re also hoping to host an event in collaboration with Gallia Cross-fit this coming summer to further promote the new equipment.”

The plans for the exercise equipment include a horizontal rock climbing wall, pull-up bars, parallel bars, balance beam, sit-up bench, and box-jump-boxes.

“Try-This WV” is a non-profit organization that works toward promoting and implementing a healthier and more active lifestyle in the Mountain State – the driving inspiration for the PPBT project, according to PPBT members. 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.

Members say they welcome everyone in the community to attend the public meeting to not only discuss the exercise equipment project, but other efforts the PPBT will be moving forward with this year.

Submitted by Gabe Roush on behalf of the PPBT Committee.

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