Outdoor recreation gets a boost from regional health grant

Patrick County has installed five bike racks and tire pumps thanks to a grant from a regional health project—Go Healthy West Piedmont.
The project, funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) via the West Piedmont Health District, encourages lifestyle changes for better health.
Walking, cycling and other outdoor activities naturally are part of lifestyle change, and Patrick County’s rural environment makes it exceptional for these types of activities, said Joseph Quesenberry, Patrick County Tourism Director.
“We received more bike racks and tire pumps than Henry County, Martinsville or Franklin County. With many miles of hiking, biking and walking trails all throughout the county, we had a large need to assist current and prospective cyclists. We’re grateful for the MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness in working with us on receiving this grant,” he said.
New bike racks and tire pumps were installed at the I.C. DeHart Park in Woolwine, the Dan River Park Trail in Ararat, the Blue Ridge Regional Library, DeHart Park and Mayo River Rail Trail in Stuart. All were completely funded through federal grant money at no cost to the county, Quesenberry said.Bike rack, pump at Pool


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