Parks & Recreation Board requests ramp for boaters

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Board of Directors last night voted to ask City Council to build a ramp off Riverside Drive, near Joe O'Brien Baseball Field, to Watauga River for use by boaters and rafters.
   David Ornduff, director of planning and development, told the board that bids would be advertised soon for construction of the next phase of the linear bicycle/walking trail from the Covered Bridge to the electric substation on the Bristol Highway.
   Mike Mains, parks and recreation director, told the board that he was making plans for the Elizabethton Twins minor league baseball team to return to Elizabethton for another season. "The Twins 2002 schedule is done. The staff is set to go. Twins hats and shirts, inscribed with Elizabethton, have been purchased."
   Mains said Twins' revenue was up last year compared to two previous seasons. "Some $20,000 was made from baseball card sales" he added.
   Mains also reported:
   -- The gym floor in the Recreation Center would be replaced, beginning Feb. 18, under warranty because the original installation did not allow for expansion, causing the floor to buckle;
   -- Carter County Work Camp (CCWC) had renovated offices and game room previously occupied by the Boys and Girls Club;
   -- City Pool had been painted and concession stand rebuilt by CCWC. Applications for lifeguard will be taken next month;
   -- He had received a request to add six horseshoe pits to the nine already existing to allow the city to host state tournaments;
   -- Landscaping had been completed at park facilities; and,
   -- Spring sport leagues would begin soon in volleyball, flag football and softball.
   The next regular meeting of the board will be at 6 p.m., March 4, in Council Chambers at City Hall. Members of the board are Bill McClay, chairman; Charlie McQueen, Randy Lacy, Wilton McNeeley, council member Nancy Alsup, Mayor Sam LaPorte and Leslie McKinney, student.