By Crystal J. Damron
Nov. 13, 2013 — The Olive Hill Trail Town Task Force met Thursday night to organize for a trial run. The mock event will get Olive Hill one step closer to its official Trail Town designation.
“The trial run will mimic any given tourist's day and not revolve around any special event,” spokesperson Debbie Harmon said.
The group still must mark the “green and green alternate” trails as well as the “red” trails.
The final maps for trails have yet to be finalized. However, green trials will lead visitors to Carter Caves, while the red trails lead to Olive Hill City Lake. All trails will begin at the Historic Depot on Railroad Street.
Other items discussed were establishing a merchant committee, which will be making businesses in and around downtown aware of the status of this event and what they can do to help.
“We will just be sharing basic knowledge, in case a tourist were in enter the business inquiring about items,” Harmon said. “We also want to share how to make businesses and the city look more appealing.”
At this time there is no date set for the trial trail event in Olive Hill.
More than $35,000 in grant monies were in limbo in September, however, those issues are being resolved, according to Cathy Fisher. Fisher is acting grant writer for the city.
The first grant is a $25,000 award from the Federal Recreational Trails Program. Slated first for trail head
bathrooms, the grant is being rewritten to pay for trail refurbishment and security.
“There is no way we could build decent bathrooms with that amount of money,” Fisher said. “Instead we will pave some of the trail to allow a walking track and add security cameras to the depot area.”
Fisher said they also plan to build a canoe and kayak launch into Tygart Creek.
The second grant of $12,500 was slated to build a footbridge across Tygart Creek.
“We will reapply later for bathrooms,” Fisher said. “There will be more pots of money to apply for bathrooms and camp ground expansion as the project continues.”
The taskforce plans to meet again on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.
Crystal J. Damron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 474-5101.