Last Saturday, a group of willing workers from Hunter First Baptist Church once again came out to work on a lot of the department’s infrastructure. Park administrators said Hunter First has provided the volunteer help on a weekend early in the season for several consecutive years.
"We are extremely grateful for the opportunity we had to work with Hunter First Baptist Church,” said Mike Mains, Parks and Recreation Department director. “Their congregation provided a valuable service to our community as they worked for hours improving our park facilities throughout Elizabethton. We cannot thank them enough for the work they have done."
Mains said the team of volunteers worked at several locations throughout the city, including projects at Douglas and Kiwanis Parks, Edwards Island Park, the Covered Bridge and Riverside Parks and at Northeast Community Credit Union's Joe O'Brien Field. The volunteers assisted with a variety of projects such as the mulching of landscape areas, the planting of trees and shrubs, the pressure washing of several pavilions and the painting of several park facilities.
"We are extremely fortunate to have citizens in our community that want to make a difference in our park system,” Mains said. “We encourage any volunteer group that is interested in partnering with us for a Friends of the Parks event to reach out to us to our department.”
The department can be reached at 547-6441. Several other church groups, including East River Park Christian Church, regularly work on Friends of the Parks events.