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Elizabethton Parks and Rec have improvement plans for new year

John Thompson • Updated Jan 7, 2020 at 8:24 PM

ELIZABETHTON — With the arrival of a new decade, the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department has plans for the coming weeks and for the coming year.

Kicking off the year, the Parks and Recreation staff and board of directors will hold a public meeting to get feedback on what will be included in the Elizabethton Recreation Plan for 2020. The public meeting will be held at City Hall on Jan. 13, starting at 6 p.m.

As far as recreational activities for the coldest month of the year, the department has a plan for indoor fun and to salute National Lego Day with its own Lego “Think Outside of the Blocks” Day. The local event will be held on Jan. 25 from 1-5 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 300 W. Mill St. Thanks to a partnership between the Parks and Rec and the Elizabethton Public Library, the library will be providing the blocks from its big collection.

The popular father-daughter, mother-son dance will once again be held at the Recreation Center on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. A father-daughter, mother-son dance is also planned on Feb. 13 at the Rec Center for special needs children.

The hours of the dance on both nights will be from 6-8 p.m.

The theme for the dances is the 1980s, but there is no requirement to wear a costume. There will be ’80s backlights in use, so you might want to consider your ultraviolet-appropriate wardrobe.

On a larger scale, the Parks and Recreation Department has a lot of help with future development of the Covered Bridge Park, including an detailed study by students of Appalachian State University.

The planning staff made sure that all of the focus wasn’t on its main park by considering the future of one of the city’s most popular parks, Riverside Park.

That park is located along the Watauga River, upstream from Sycamore Shoals. In addition to people using the park facilities like the pavilion, new playground equipment and the picnic facilities, the park also provides access to the river for fishermen and a link to the Linear Bike Trail.

“We are very excited about this project and the additional features that will be added to the park location,” said Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Director Mike Mains. “We are making a great investment in this facility, one that will be enjoyed for years to come and will provide a variety of recreational experiences for facility users.”

In addition to these improvements, additional parking will also be added, which will aid in the increased number of citizens who have been visiting the park.

Construction on the restroom facility, parking lot, basketball court, and renovations to the horseshoe courts will begin this spring.

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