After our sponsorship ride, we received some items of concern from a couple of interested parties in the area. One was inquiring as to our progress, land use plans, etc. The other was one questioning our land boundaries. Both are being addressed by committee vice-chairman Joe Crawford. Both of these issues shine some light as to the complexities and delicate nature that we have to deal with in order to get things up and running.
The park was visited earlier this year by representatives from Congressman Andy Barr's office. We are looking forward to working with them in order to secure federal grant money for our project. Securing this money would go a long way towards getting the park opened right!
We're also looking in to a state grant from the SOAR Initiative. This grant is focused towards our region, and with an idea as big as this, it should get a lot of positive attention with the board that awards the grants. This also would help our park effort out tremendously!
Our final bit of good news involves one of our local tourism boards. The Wolfe County Tourism Board has earmarked money for our Hollerwood Park project. Specifically, this money would go towards hiring a single full time position for 1 year. The person taking on this role would be responsible for searching and applying for grants, working with perspective sponsors, and other similar duties that would help expedite the opening of the park. We're reaching out to the three remaining counties in hopes they can match the generous contribution the Wolfe County Tourism Board has made. They are truly leading by example in the endeavor.
The next meeting
The next meeting will be at the Powell County Courthouse at 6:30 on November 18th. Follow the Facebook event to stay up to date with any changes in time or location.