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BCSCC announces Official Grand Opening of the Community Miniature Golf Course

The public is invited to attend the official Grand Opening of the Community Miniature Golf Course at the Braxton County Senior Citizens Center. The event will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 10:00 am.
Due to COVID, West Virginia senior centers were temporarily closed for over a year. BCSCC was allowed to continue home delivered meals and Grab & Go meals were created which allowed seniors to pick up a meal but they were not allowed inside to eat with their friends. As the center saw the decline of seniors who were very lonely, BCSCC started looking for a creative way to incorporate senior nutrition and outdoor activities.
Acknowledging the high number of Braxton County seniors who are raising their grandchildren, the organization committed to improve the outside amenities to benefit the whole community with positive family-oriented activities. In May 2020, they began expanding the fully accessible paved walking trail which has a nice view of Elk River, several flower beds created by a senior, several benches, a bridge over a small pond and an accessible restroom. In May 2021, they tore down an old small pergola and replaced it with a large covered pavilion, then began building a miniature golf course which was finished in September 2021. With the uptick of COVID cases last September, BCSCC delayed the ribbon cutting ceremony until this spring.
Huttonsville Correctional Center has the inmate woodworking class completing golf course benches that are almost ready for installation. Braxton County High School building construction class is finishing up the golf course signage. And another outdoor amenity was added recently – a fully accessible, professionally built shuffleboard court for seniors and community members.
Staff for the Braxton Senior Center, building and grounds, is working to make the site outstanding and unique as it may be one of very few senior centers in the nation to have a fully accessible mini golf course that is free of charge to the public. They are working diligently in helping seniors stay healthy for years to come and encouraging grand-families. All of this is to work toward building stronger communities.
The celebration will continue after the ribbon cutting ceremony with a luncheon in the center. Individuals may RSVP by Thursday, April 21 at [email protected] or by calling 304-765-4090.