Work crew spruces up Elizabethton park facilities

From Staff Reports

   Mike Mains, City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Director, said the Carter County Annex of the Tennessee Department of Corrections in Roan Mountain, has saved the city literally thousands of dollars in labor expenses over the past several months.
   The work crew has been to all parks, including Chamber of Commerce Park, Cat Island Park, and Kiwanis Park, to repair playground equipment, paint picnic shelters and resurface basketball courts, according to Mains.
   "The crew also added three T-ball fields, a concessions and souvenir area, and concrete walkways at the City Recreation Building; playground equipment at Cat Island Park; and built bathing facilities at Douglas Community Park, which will also receive a picnic pavilion in early spring," he added.
   Currently, the crew is working at Franklin Pool, Joe LaPorte Recreational Facility, to paint all buildings inside and out; construct a new dressing room for the general public and concessions stand where hot dogs and drinks will be sold this coming summer.
   Mains said he would like to express appreciation to Warden Gene Cousins, Sgt. Todd Wiggins and Officer Mike Dyer, and members of the work crew for their efforts. "They have done a tremendous amount of work at no cost to the city," Mains added.