Candidates Forum on Recreation

Posted on Oct 2, 2014


On Tuesday, October 2nd, High Country Recreation co-hosted a Candidate’s Forum on recreation along with Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways.  There are six county commissioner candidates competing for three open seats, and all these candidates attended the event.  The open seats are:

-District 3:  Karen Lerch (R), Billy Kennedy (D)
-District 4:  David Blust (R), Larry Turnbow (D)
-District 5:  Jimmy Hodges (R), Barbara Kinsey (D)
Each candidate was asked the following questions:

1) Why did you choose to participate in this forum? (1 min)

2) What role does recreation play in economic development for our community?  (2 min)

3) What role do you see the Board of Commissioners playing to support recreation in our community?  (2 min)

4) A community recreation center has been an expressed need of the community for decades both in county/town planning and in community surveys.  Since a YMCA is not coming to Watauga County, what plans would you have to meet this need? (2 min)

5) Trails and greenways have been shown to be one of the most important recreation amenities in statewide and local surveys.  What role can the county play to support the development and building of local trails and greenways? (2 min)

Please watch the video to see their responses to these questions along with three questions from the audience.
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Community Recreation Center meetings set for Valle Crucis and Bethel – Oct 2nd and Nov 14th

Posted on Sep 25, 2014

We will continue our series of community meetings to talk about a community recreation center on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:15pm at Valle Crucis school.  While this will happen in conjunction with their PTSA meeting, this is open to anyone in the community.  On Friday, November 14th at 6:00pm, we will be presenting at Bethel Elementary School prior to their movie night.  Please plan on joining us for these events in your community as we continue to advocate for an indoor community recreation facility.

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Candidate’s Forum – Sept 30th at 5:30pm at WMC Auditorium

Posted on Aug 30, 2014

Please plan to join us for a Candidate’s Forum on September 30th at 5:30pm in the Watauga Medical Center Auditorium.  Along with Blue Ridge Conservancy and High Country Pathways, we will be helping host this event.  This will provide an opportunity for the county commissioner candidates to discuss their views on recreation in our community.highcountryrecreation

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Community Recreation Center – Please Write the County Commissioners

Posted on Jul 5, 2014

We are working hard to help make a community recreation center a reality for Watauga County.  Please help us by taking a minute to write the commissioners an email in support of this effort.

Downloadable Letter

Watauga County Commissioners

  • Nathan.Miller@watgov.org
  • David.Blust@watgov.org
  • John.Welch@watgov.org
  • Billy.Kennedy@watgov.org
  • Perry.Yates@watgov.org
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