ROANE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Promoting health and wellness and bringing families together -- that’s the goal behind a brand new walking trail and 3D archery range in Spencer.
This project is the brainchild of Gary Alvis. Alvis owns Gary’s Sporting and Pawn and got the idea after David McCutcheon of PATCH, or Planned Approach to Community Health, came in looking for an activity to do with the kids in his program.
"It cost a lot of money, ten grand to get this thing started, and I brought it up to Dave one time. I said, 'Lets go to each one of the businesses and help support this,' " Alvis said.
Those businesses helped get 40 targets spread out over 1.5 miles of property just outside of Spencer.
The goal behind it is to give families and teens something to do in the county.
"The community aspect and family aspects are one of the big things we're pushing,” McCutcheon said. “We want people to bring their families for the community to have somewhere to go and do stuff for free."
But that’s not all. McCutcheon said they’re trying to get people healthier; he said the archery range and a brand new third of a mile walking trail are key to doing so.
"I think providing people with these ideas of what they can do kind of strays them away from technology,” said Veronica Hamrick, community health coordinator with PATCH. “I think that's kind of taken over everybody's lives, so I think that's it's great. It's giving people the incentive to work out and providing them the places to do it."
It's a brand new tool to promote health and wellness while having a bit of fun at the same time.
Officials plan to hold a grand opening of the archery range on Sunday, Nov. 4.
They said they plan to hold tournaments in the future attracting hundreds of people, which they expect to boost the economy in Spencer.