City Parks and Recreation completes projects

By Bob Robinson

   Mike Mains, director of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation, told the board of directors at their regular meeting last evening that improvements have been made at numerous park and recreational facilities in the city, with much of the labor provided by the Carter County Work Camp.
   A new T-ball field, dugouts, concrete walkways, restrooms and concession stand were built at Elizabethton Recreation Center; shelters painted at Chamber of Commerce Park; basketball court at Kiwanis Park resurfaced and sealed; parks and outdoor facilities cleaned; and renovation work at the new Boys and Girls Club, which is expected to be occupied around Nov. 1, facilities, Mains said.
   Among projects to be completed in the coming weeks: landscaping and construction of a horseshoe court pavilion, with all labor and materials donated, at Riverside Park; new bathroom facilities at Douglas Park; painting and construction of small concession stand and pavilion at Franklin Pool; playground equipment installed at Cat Island Park; and aeration of athletic fields.
   David Ornduff, director of planning and development, said engineering had been completed on Phase 5 of the walking trail, 1.2 miles from the Covered Bridge to Lynn Avenue. Ornduff also said a parks and walking trails map is being developed by the city.
   Mains complimented Elizabethton City Council and Ornduff for their support in the improvement projects. He also complimented the Elizabethton Twins minor league baseball team for their economic impact on Elizabethton.
   Attendance at Twins games increased for the third straight year. More than 20,000 fans attended games this year, even with six games rained out, compared to 16,000 last year, according to Mains, who attributed the increase to special theme nights.
   The Elizabethton Twins won their second straight Western Division Championship; Rudy Hernandez was named Manager of the Year; James Tomlian was an all-star outfielder; and the first Minnesota pick in the 2001 baseball draft, Joe Mauer, played on their Elizabethton team.
   The Twins organization has also sponsored the United Way and March of Dimes and made donations to various schools, churches and other fund-raising events, according to Mains.
   "We express appreciation to the grounds crew and concessions personnel at Joe O'Brien Field. We have received numerous compliments on the Elizabethton facility," Mains added.
   Members of the board are Bill McClay, chairman; Julie Large, Charlie McQueen, Nancy Alsup, Randy Lacy, Jon Mills and Mayor Sam LaPorte.