Highland County Recreation Commission 2016 Schedule

The Highland County Recreation Commission has released its schedule of activities for 2016, and it includes plenty of outdoor fun and adventure for all ages.

The biggest point of attraction for most is likely the HCRC Pool Complex. The pool has solar heating and zero entry for wheelchair accessibility. Other available amenities and activities there are water aerobics, horseshoes, cornhole, foosball, bocce ball, in water basketball and volleyball, walking path, playground, charcoal grills and picnic tables, staffed concession stand, free WiFi, and showers.  The pool is scheduled to open June 12th, and hours are 12:00 – 6:00 Monday through Saturday, with the exception of Tuesdays. Each Tuesday, pool hours are extended to 9:00 for Family Fun Nights, with free admission and themed activities. Family activities will kick off with a community event Saturday, June 18th from 10:00 – 12:00, with a bouncy house for children, and field games for all ages. Beginner swimming lessons will be offered June 20th-25th.

The biggest event on the calendar occurs Saturday August 6th, as road bikers flock to the county to take part in the Mountain Mama Challenge, which features four routes of different ability levels encompassing two states, three counties, nine mountains, and 10,000 feet of climb.

Two new activities this year are 100 Mile in 100 Day Challenge and the Run to the Fair 5K, which encourage physical activity in the form of running, walking, cycling, kayaking, Zumba and more. And local youth can hone their basketball skills at a camp taught by former Highland High School Rams John and Jacob Hull on June 24th and 25th. Stay tuned to Allegheny Mountain Radio for more details on these events.

Adult co-ed softball on Thursday nights made its debut last year, and the popular pastime returns again, starting May 26th and running through September 8th.

The Recreation Commission is also partnering with a number of organizations to facilitate more activities and trips. On selected nights throughout the summer, outdoor movies will be shown at the pool complex, with free admission, which is made possible in conjunction with Highland Youth Baseball, The Blue Grass Ruritans and First & Citizens Bank. HCRC is also partnering with the Highland County Public Library for three planned events as part of the Summer Reading program. And age is no object for fun – the Commission is working with VPAS on two outings – an April 22nd trip to the Cranberry Glades in West Virginia and a North Fork Canopy tour on May 13th, with zip lines and climbing available in Circleville, West Virginia. Two solo Commission trips are also scheduled – one to Kings Dominion on June 4th, and one to a Washington Nationals game on July 17th.

For more details on any of these activities, contact the Recreation Commission by calling 540-468-2978, or e-mail hcrc09@yahoo.com.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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