Highland County Recreation Summer Programs Off To A Good Start

Monterey, VA – Recreation opportunities in Highland County have increased significantly now that the summer season is in full swing. Recreation director Kenny Hiner talks about one program that was just completed.

“Our T-ball season wrapped up with a pool party, really enjoyed that” says Hiner. “I thought T-ball and coach-pitch went extremely well. I think the kids and the parents all enjoyed it. We capped it off with a pool party, which those kids just loved that.”

He goes on to discuss this year’s swimming pool season.

“Our pool opened up Sunday, June 12th” he says. “The pool hours this year are Sunday 1pm to 6; Monday through Saturday we’re open from 12pm to 6pm; and of course Wednesday’s we’re having our family fun night again from 7 to 9[pm]. We have adult swim Monday through Friday from 6 to 7, unless there’s a private pool party.”

“Pool admissions they stayed the same; adults is $3.00 per person, children 6 to 17 is $2.00, and kids under six are free.”

Multiple admission passes and season passes are also available. Prices for pool parties are the same as last year, $130 for 3 hours plus $20 to use the kitchen.

New facilities are being added to the grounds around the pool. Grills will be available for cookouts this summer and a beach volleyball court is expected to be completed in the near future. Plans are also in progress to add horseshoe pits so that tournaments can be held and a horseshoe league started. Preparations for this year’s Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge are underway.

“Mountain Mama this year is scheduled for August 6th, and the deadline for pre-entry and t-shirts is July 1st , but we always order a few extra t-shirts for riders who want them” says Hiner. “We’re still looking for sponsorships; our rest stop sponsorship is $40.00 or a t-shirt sponsorship is $125.00. This is our 10th anniversary for Mountain Mama.”

360 riders took part last year and Kenny is hoping that number will top 400 this year. Kenny is still looking for volunteers for Mountain Mama. If you would like to help out call him at the Recreation Office at 468-2978 or on his cell phone at 280-2177. Kenny is also planning a bus trip to Roanoke in the fall to shop for hunting gear and other sporting goods.

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Heather Niday

Heather is our Program Director and Traffic Manager. She started with Allegheny Mountain Radio as a volunteer deejay. She then joined the AMR staff in February of 2007. Heather grew up in the Richmond, Virginia, area and now lives in Arbovale, West Virginia with her husband Chuck. Heather is a wonderful flute player, and choir director for Arbovale UMC. You can hear Heather along with Chuck on Tuesday nights from 6 to 8pm as they host two hours of jazz on Something Different.

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