The Summit Bechtel Reserve, in Glen Jean, will open for one day only, Saturday, June 15, for Community Appreciation Day, giving those who live in the area an opportunity to enjoy an adventure-filled day.

The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m., and those who attend will be able to enjoy numerous activities, at no cost. However, the Summit is asking for a voluntary donation of $10 per car for parking, which will be donated to the Gold Star Family Veterans fund.

Kenn Miller, the director of programs and operations, said activities available to the public will include zip lining, fishing, rock climbing, skateboarding, live music, BMX, mountain biking and canopy tours.

Paid concessions will be available, but those who attend may also bring a picnic from home.

“We’re trying to find more opportunities to open up to the public,” Miller said. “There are 10,000 acres of land on the Summit, and we want the community to be able to take time and enjoy it.”

Last year during Community Appreciation Day at the Summit, around 800 to 900 people attended. Miller said due to different criteria this year, they are hoping to welcome in 2,000 to 3,000 people.

“It’s going to be a really exciting day,” he said. “It will also give the opportunity for our 250 seasonal staff members to hone their skills and give the public a fun time.”

No pets or animals are allowed at the Summit event, which is at 2550 Jack Furst Drive in Glen Jean.

For more information on Community Appreciation Day visit or call 304-465-2800.

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