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Botetourt County's Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department Releases Annual Report
Fincastle, VA – The Botetourt County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism recently finalized its 2014 Participation Report, outlining the involvement and type of activities offered during the last calendar year. According to the report, over 10,500 individuals participated in programs sponsored by the Department in 2014 while the County’s Sports Complex and Office of Tourism continue to encourage visitation to the County.
The Department continued to accomplish its primary mission of providing recreational programs, doing so to more than 5,000 youth and 2,300 adults who participated in athletic leagues, camps, classes and workshops and to over 3,000 who attended local community events. The Department also continued to manage the grounds and field maintenance activities for over 500 acres of the County’s parks, school athletic facilities, and other property for general public use, and over 40 athletic fields were prepared seasonally for practices and games.
The Department also maintained its commitment towards community development in 2014 as the initial route for the County’s first Greenway was established, a new disc golf course was constructed at Greenfield and the outdoor adventure and environmental education activities offered by the Department were expanded by partnering with small businesses and civic groups.
“Beyond providing the traditional recreation programs for our citizens, we continue to strive to be on the cutting edge of creative and unique partnerships to provide recreation opportunities that would not likely occur in Botetourt otherwise,” said Richard Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. “Whether it is developing public access on the James River, supporting community events at the town parks or cultivating creative recreation activities like Disc Golf, those efforts provide our citizens with convenient access while also encouraging visitors to look to Botetourt to spend their leisure time which, in turn, supports our local businesses.”
The Office of Tourism introduced the new “What’s Your Bot-e-Type” marketing campaign that features the attractions and activities located in Botetourt, represented through the five distinct themes of Adventure, History, Sports, Culture and Flavor. The Office has also been continuing several individual marketing initiatives that promote the successful Botetourt County Wine Trail and the Upper James River Water Trail.
The Sports Complex completed its eighth year of operation by hosting 26 events that fielded 632 teams and over 24,000 visitors from 25 different states. Furthermore, the Complex hosted numerous local tournaments and recreational league play and the annual Lord Botetourt and James River High School invitational softball tournament. Botetourt Sports Complex events resulted in 3,310 room bookings in Botetourt County hotels, which represented a 23% share of all rooms booked in the greater Roanoke Valley area as a result of the softball and baseball tournaments last year.
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Richard "Pete" Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism