POINT PLEASANT — Biking, and its benefits, were the main topic of discussion at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Mason County Area Chamber of Commerce.
Gabe Roush, a councilman with the City of Point Pleasant, as well as a certified athletic trainer who works at Holzer Health System and for Point Pleasant High School, spoke about the Point Pleasant Bike Trail (PPBT).
The PPBT, an organization Roush helped found to bring biking options to Point Pleasant, continues to grow with several group festivities on the horizon. The Inaugural Bikes & BBQ event is planned for June 10 and will include a barbecue competition set up at Fourth Street at Gunn Park, as well as a bicycle tour of Mason County for those who wish to ride. There will be three different rides planned to accommodate the skill level of any cyclist and food for anyone who would rather eat than bike.
The event is being organized in collaboration with the City of Point Pleasant’s Parks and Recreation Committee and the PPBT Committee. All proceeds will benefit the city’s parks and recreation activities. Information and registration forms can be found on the City of Point Pleasant’s new website located at www.cityofpointpleasant.org.
In 2014, the PPBT Committee was formed with its first project being marking safe bike routes for bicyclists. As Roush pointed out, Point Pleasant is unique in that cyclists can ride from the northern end of town to the southern end, without crossing a major highway. This phase led to getting bike racks for downtown with funding from small businesses. The eight racks will be placed downtown as soon as the weather gets warmer. The committee hopes to next look at connecting Tu-Endie-Wei State Park with Krodel Park as part of the bike trail. Roush said currently, that phase is dependent on recommendations from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and he’s hoping after those discussions, the committee and city can move forward with applying for grants to make this connector happen. The PPBT Committee also received a grant to install workout equipment at Harmon Park. More on this community build, which takes place at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Harmon Park, in an upcoming edition.
As Roush explained, he was most proud of his committee transforming into being a group that “was not just project-focused but now we’re community-focused.”
Larry Jones, chamber president, then announced the following:
There is no luncheon next month but the annual chamber dinner is 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27, at the First Church of God Christian Community Building with Dr. E. Gordon Gee, WVU president, as the keynote speaker.
WBYG will be initiating a new program to support the chamber’s business of the month with special promotions.
There will be an effort to endow the chamber’s annual scholarship fund to grow it, with the hopes this will also allow members to focus more on efforts to develop mechanisms to help start up businesses in the county.
The chamber golf tournament is June 15 at Riverside Golf Club in Mason.
NAPA Auto Parts of Point Pleasant is the chamber’s business of the month for March and Willa’s Bible Bookstore is the chamber’s business of the month for April.
Decor Corner and Main Street Consignment were welcomed as a new chamber member.
The luncheon was held at the Mason County Library and catered by Subway Point Pleasant.
More information about PPBT found at www.facebook.com/bikepointpleasant . Online registration for the bike ride can be found at www.tristateracer.com/event.php?RaceID=9312.
Beth Sergent is the editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.