Outside Recreation Plan introduced for Alleghany Highlands

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Covington, VA (VR) – The RVARC and the Alleghany Highland Chamber of Commerce announce the launch of a new outdoor recreation plan. This initiative is a partnership between the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Alleghany County, the City of Covington, and the cities of Clifton Forge and Iron Gate. The plan will serve as a guide for expanding outdoor recreation in the region and increasing the sector’s impact on the local economy.

“The Alleghany Highlands are teeming with natural assets and untapped opportunities that could make the area a premier outdoor recreation destination,” said Regional Commission Planner Robin Bruns. “Alleghany County borders three resorts where tourism is a major contributor to tax revenue and employment. The plan can help reshape the identity of Clifton Forge and Covington as mountain towns and develop a recreational community where the outdoors is accessible to everyone.”

A steering committee including stakeholders from the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Virginia Tourism, Alleghany Outdoors and local government staff is working to ensure the plan takes into account existing assets, events, services and visitor spending. Gaps and opportunities are assessed to create a list of recommended projects that can be funded for implementation.

“We are excited to bring outdoor recreation stakeholders together to create a regional plan and look forward to working with the Roanoke Valley, Alleghany Regional Planning Commission,” noted Teresa Hammond of the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. “This plan will help us develop key goals around outdoor recreation in the community to both improve the quality of life in the Alleghany Highlands and attract additional visitors to the region.”

A survey is available to collect input from residents, visitors and event attendees. Participating in the survey will help the steering committee to better understand what types of activities and facilities are used in the region. The survey is available at http://librarydocs.org/survey/ and responses will be collected through this fall.