Manchester’s new Bike Park officially open

first_imgHomeNewsManchester’s new Bike Park officially open Local officials and volunteers were on hand on Jan. 9 as Manchester Councilwoman Christine Henderson handled the ribbon-cutting honors to open the new Manchester Bike Park. (Photo by Austin Rust) Manchester’s new Bike Park officially openLocal officials, volunteers gather for Jan. 9 ribbon-cutting ceremonyJanuary 21, 2020Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 Powered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Mama’s Deviled EggsNOW PLAYINGBest Carrot Cake EverNOW PLAYINGApple Pie BitesNOW PLAYINGApple Pie Bites With Caramel SauceNOW PLAYINGHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersNOW PLAYINGCream Cheese Cake Mix CookiesNOW PLAYING5 Easy and Delicious Crock Pot Meatball Appetizer RecipesNOW PLAYINGOld Fashioned Soft and Buttery Yeast RollsNOW PLAYINGSweet Alabama PecanbreadNOW PLAYINGHow to Slice & Mince Vegetables Like a ProNOW PLAYINGHow to Knead DoughNOW PLAYINGHow to Use a Meat ThermometerNOW PLAYINGHow to Quarter a ChickenNOW PLAYINGSlow Cooker/Crock Pot HintsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Garbage DisposalsNOW PLAYINGHow to Clean Stainless Steel SinksNOW PLAYINGHow to Melt and Soften ButterNOW PLAYINGHow to Cook Scrambled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel TomatoesNOW PLAYINGHow to Peel Hard Boiled EggsNOW PLAYINGHow to Chill a Drink in 2 MinutesNOW PLAYINGHow to Chop an Onion PerfectlyNOW PLAYINGPerfect Bacon Every TimeNOW PLAYINGPumpkin Cream Cheese BarsNOW PLAYINGHomemade Caramel SauceNOW PLAYING Arrow Left #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. Top Searches Top Searches PastorMattMinti center_img PreviousACCS plans to install new bleachers, improve parking lotNextGlad I was wrong this one time Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By Austin Rust-A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Thursday, Jan. 9 at to officially open the newly completed bicycle park in Manchester, which features dirt ramps, a tunnel, an obstacle course, and a flat course. Located at the eastern end of 9th Street, this park was built through grant funds procured by the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program (in connection with the Adams County Health & Wellness Coalition) from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).“The premise is that we want to keep people healthy at home, at school, at work, and at church in the community. That’s what the grant is trying to do in all of the communities in Adams County,” explained Debbie Ryan, Coordinator of Adams County Creating Healthy Communities. “I had noticed, and someone had brought it to my attention several years ago, that there are a lot of kids in Manchester that ride bikes; you don’t notice that so much in the other villages. Someone asked me many years ago, ‘Could we get a bike park in Manchester?’ – but the timing just wasn’t right. Last year, (however), the timing was right, and the person I called was the right one. That person was Christine Henderson, Manchester Village Council President, and Head of the Parks & Recreation Committee. She’s very diligent, and she wants to make sure that her community has good places where families can go and be active, be healthy, and have (quality) family time.”“I really appreciate that partnership with you all,” Ryan continued, pointing out Mrs. Henderson, who was present for the ceremony, along with Manchester Village Clerk Kayla Bowman. Adams County Commissioners Ty Pell and Diane Ward, Adams County ECD (Economic & Community Development) Director Holly Johnson, the Regional Director for Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s Peebles Office, Teresa Lewis, the Executive Plant Leader at GE Aviation’s Peebles Engine Test Operation, Dave Groth, GE staff volunteers, and several others were also in attendance.“Through the grant, we were able to give Manchester about $14,500 – (but) that doesn’t include some of the time that the volunteers spent. That takes me to another partnership, and that is with the GE Peebles Engine Test Operation,” said Ryan. “I appreciate GE allowing its people to give back to the community, and there are many places in Adams County that have your mark on them. We in Adams County really appreciate the time and hours you have spent giving back.”Ryan took time to thank the volunteer crew present from GE for their work done to build ramps and install other features in the park, and also thanked Keegan Excavating, a local business that created the park’s dirt paths and removed patches of crumbling asphalt from the bike courses.“The goal was to create a park that’s not real glitzy or glamorous like some of the city parks you may see with lots of concrete, and lots of metal,” Ryan explained. “We wanted to keep it to sort of the natural look, and keep the (kind of) environment that we love in Adams County. We don’t like to have lots of concrete, metal, and stuff like that – we want to see the natural beauty.”In wrapping up with thanks, Ryan recognized the work that the Manchester Village Council had done in supporting the project, and noted that Adams County ECD Director Holly Johnson, “was very instrumental in getting the ball rolling.” She thanked Adams County Commissioners Ty Pell and Diane Ward for their support, along with Regional Director Teresa Lewis, representing Congressman Brad Wenstrup, and finally, the children present, who had already begun to play.After Ryan had finished speaking, Commissioners Pell and Ward each took an end of the ribbon, picked to match Manchester’s school colors, and Manchester Village Council President Christine Henderson had the honor of cutting it. After the ribbon had been cut, a raffle was drawn for two bicycles donated by the Adams County Health & Wellness Coalition; these were given away to two lucky children from the crowd. All children in attendance also had their pick of free bicycle helmets, which were donated by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). The Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program provided food and drinks.Further, Debbie Ryan explained that the grant which funded this bike park is one of 23 given to several counties in Ohio. It is managed through the Ohio Department of Health, and the funding comes through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a Federal Block Grant in five-year cycles. Each year, the Adams County Creating Healthy Communities Program must make a new work plan, and it must reapply for the grant every five years. Adams County has had the grant since the early 2000s, Ryan explained, and its funding has been used to install walking paths, sidewalks, and parks in Adams County villages. The grant is also used to promote healthy eating, support the Adams County’s Farmers Market, and install water fountains in local parks.“For 2019, this bike park was a project for us in Manchester,” Ryan said. “In Peebles, we helped with their youth sports park, and we helped renovate the park in Seaman. Where the splash pads are, we’re putting swing sets in, benches- things to draw families and kids to those areas so that they can be more physically active. That’s really been our biggest focus – physical activity.”“We’ve got another five years, so we’re going to be doing more work in the next five years all over Adams County,” Ryan concluded, looking forward to the projects ahead. last_img read more