LANGLEY — Those seeking a place to get in shape, participate in the community and enjoy the mountains of Eastern Kentucky are invited to volunteer at Elkhorn Park, an educational and recreational park located in Langley.
In 2001, Bill Beckner from Pen Coal donated park property to the community, which is governed by a local board of trustees and financed by grants and donations. The park offers a myriad of things to do, for people of all ages, including a catch-and-release pond, miles of hiking trails, outdoor exercise equipment and an educational building that can be rented for classroom use or entertaining.
Elkhorn Park welcomes community service volunteers to help the park continue to operate. In 2012, David and Trish Bentley of Boy Scout and Cub Scout Unit 839, sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, began volunteering for monthly service projects at the park. The Scouts encouraged more community involvement and some members of the community responded.
In 2014 missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began donating two hours each Friday morning (weather permitting) to help give back to the community. Presently, Elder David Winn and Sister LaDean Winn from Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Elder Bryan Barney from Chandler, Ariz. and Elder Colt Larsen from Cokeville, Wyo. reside in Prestonsburg and enjoy spending their Friday mornings volunteering at Elkhorn Park.
Elkhorn Park encourages more people in the community to volunteer to maintain the park and help it continue to grow. If you or your organization are looking for ways to give back to the community and if you love to be outdoors in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, call Eddie Patton at (606) 339-0856 or Jake Halbert at (606) 226-2450.