Last updated: July 30. 2014 5:13PM - 406 Views
By - kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com



Photo courtesy of Pine Mountain State ParkMembers of the Civilian Conservation Corps turned a wooded area into the Pine Mountain State Resort Park we see today. Although many changes have been made since the first ground-breaking in 1924, hard work and efforts of these workers cannot be forgotten.
Photo courtesy of Pine Mountain State ParkMembers of the Civilian Conservation Corps turned a wooded area into the Pine Mountain State Resort Park we see today. Although many changes have been made since the first ground-breaking in 1924, hard work and efforts of these workers cannot be forgotten.
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Citizens’ views of Pine Mountain State Resort Park in 1924 likely didn’t include mini golf, a swimming pool and plans for a zip line attraction.


However, many things have changed in the 90 years since the park’s groundbreaking.


The park is getting geared up for their 90th birthday celebration, which is set for Aug. 9 beginning at 5 p.m. The event will include a buffet dinner, music, cash bar, a special film presentation by Appalshop and birthday cake.


Festivities will be held at the CV Whitney Convention Center. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased by calling 800-325-1712.


Also discussed at a tourism meeting on Tuesday was the completion of Pine Mountain’s newest planned attraction. Superintendent Rita Edmonson stated that the zip line tour project is estimated to be completed in the Spring of 2015.


Bell County Tourism received the Fundraising Partnership Award for advertising at the most recent TourSEKY board meeting. This award includes $8,000 to use for advertising on Lexington-based channel WKYT for next four months.


A new group, the Cumberland Gap Regional Trails Steering Committee, was created to help plan connective multi-use trails which will join White Rocks in Virginia to Cumberland Gap National Park, and eventually land near Fern Lake.


The committee is composed of nearly 20 members of local recreation organizations, government entities and tourism groups that have common interests in outdoor recreation.


“Hopefully we can focus on this as a region and I think that will get us headed in the right direction,” said Adventure Tourism director Jon Grace.


Adventure Tourism and Wilderness Trail Off-Road Park are putting finishing touches on the annual Coal Country Off-Road Festival set for Sept. 26 through 28. This event has drawn upwards of 6,000 visitors in years past.


The event will include a haunted trail ride, guided trail ride, inflatables for children and a concert by Prestonsburg-based musical group Sundy Best. Concert tickets will be available soon.


Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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