Tri-City Main Street Director Bobbie Gothard recently spoke with members of Lynch City Council.
Gothard said she is working on a grant to put a fishing dock in Lynch similar to the one recently built in Benham.
“Cumberland is also working on a grant for one. This way children and adults can have a place to fish in all three towns,” said Gothard. “This will be a help to the city, provide a place where families can come, have a picnic and fish together.”
Gothard added she and others are also working on the Trail Town Initiative, trying to get the Trail Town designation for the Tri-Cities area.
“We’re just about to get it,” said Gothard.”We’re getting good publicity from the state through Kentucky Tourism and Outdoor Adventure.”
Gothard praised a recent bicycle ride where she said bicyclists from many areas outside Harlan County participated.
“They stayed in the county, bought gas, ate food and made an economical impact to the county. We’re not sure how much yet, but it’s looking pretty good so far,” said Gothard. “We had 35 riders and most belonged to bike clubs. They told us they would go back and spread the word about the beauty of Black and Pine Mountains. They said Black Mountain and Pine Mountain were as pretty as the Smokey Mountains. We gained a lot of strength through this event.”
Gothard asked for the city’s help in putting together a response team when other bicycle events are held.
She said they are also looking at volunteers to offer shuttle services to help with future events.
Police Chief Drew Wilson volunteered his services. Wilson said he will help with putting together a response team.
“We’re trying our best to get a couple more restaurants in the area, where people can go in and sit down and eat,” said Gothard. “Those are some of the things we are working on.”
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