GRAFTON—The newly-formed Adventure Club of Taylor County, has big plans to bring fun activities to the area, for residents of all ages.
The club held its first official meeting on Friday night, at the All Aboard Grafton Headquarters, to share some of their ideas.
Breanna Collins shared, that the club is ready to accept members and volunteers, to assist in getting their ideas off the ground.
The club, which is a collaboration of several local organizations, was established through a Try This grant, in efforts to create a healthier, and more active community.
Through the Try This grant that was received, that club has purchased eight kayaks, eight paddles and 24 life vests.
Kayaking is just the first element of the club. Members will be able to use the kayaks beginning on Memorial Day. The kayaks will be launched from the boat ramp at the city park, in Parkview, with two exit points; one at Camp Towels, and the other behind Quality Home Comfort.
The club will be bringing in a certified kayak instructor, to host three trainings before kick off, with the first training planned to be held sometime at the end of March.
“We have many levels of membership. We wanted to make the activities of this club available to everyone, with reasonable rates,” commented Collins.
Collins went on to explain, that the club boasts seven different levels of membership.
Each membership can be purchased with the option of a one-year, six-months, or three-months access to the actives, trainings and workshops, offered by the Adventure Club.
One-day and half-day memberships are available, as well. The club also offers a volunteer membership, in which an individual’s volunteer hours equate to hours usable to access of the activities.
Bryan Smith, with Project HOP2E revealed, that the club is also hoping to add an EZ Launch ramp, that would allow the kayaks to be accessible to those with handicaps.
The EZ Launch would offer a transfer bench, side rails and a platform that would adjust to changing water levels.
“I have spoken with the company about this, and have met them at the ramp, to discuss the possibility. The estimated cost for the EZ Launch would be $32,000,” explained Smith.
Smith said that the funds for the launch could be provided by business contributors, as well as, special grants.
In addition, members of the club shared some of their other ambitious plans for the club. Those included, bringing in an inflatable water park, archery tag, mini golf, zip lining, paintball, go kart racing and scuba diving, to the area.
Phil Kelley was in attendance, sharing his dream of having a river park walk, that would run along the river, beginning at the end of Grand Street, and ending at the city park in Parkview.
“It is a progressing idea, that will go hand in hand with what the Adventure Club is trying to do,” commented Kelley.
Kelley expressed that he believes the river park walk will bring tourists to the area, and in return, also bring in more businesses.
“We need something other than the lake, and I will pursue this project to the best of my ability,” Kelley added.
Shaunda Rauch, who was also in attendance, expressed her gratitude to the members for their great ideas and hard work.
“We have to start somewhere, otherwise we’re just talking. For this club, the kayaks were a good place to start,” declared Smith.
“We have this amazing opportunity to take what is right in front of us, and make it flawless, so it can still be here in ten years. All of these ideas are great, and it is going to take some time, a lot of time, to get it all going, but together as a community, I am positive we can make it happen,” Collins exclaimed.
For more information on becoming a member of the Adventure Club, for membership rates or volunteer purposes, individuals may contact, Bryan Smith at 304-709-0164, or by visiting the club’s Facebook page.
“Community involvement is needed to make it all happen,” said Smith.
The members of the club invite all residents to join their meetings, and share their own ideas.
Future Adventure Club meeting dates will be listed in the Community Calendar, in the Mountain Statesman.