New bathrooms, basketball court planned for Riverside Park

John Thompson • Updated Mar 5, 2020 at 8:19 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Plans are underway to construct a new bathroom facility, basketball court and parking lot for Riverside Park, located in the Blackbottom section of Elizabethton.

The site plan received unanimous approval from the Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission on Thursday evening.

The restroom will be built near the pavilion behind the Elizabethton Twins stadium. The restrooms (including the slab that the building will sit on) will be 6 feet from the edge of the right-of-way and approximately 18 feet from the edge of the road. City staff had recommended a 10-foot setback instead of 6 feet, but there is a large sewer main running along the back side of the restrooms, preventing the facility from being sited further back on the property.

Some of the space now used for horseshoe courts would be converted into a basketball court. Elizabethton Parks and Recreation employee David McQueen attended the meeting and told the planners that five of the horseshoe courts would remain.

The plan also calls for adding additional parking spaces along West Riverside Drive. City staff recommended perpendicular parking spaces rather than diagonal spaces.

The meeting was the last one for Commissioner Ron Kirby. His term is expiring and he chose not to be reappointed.

The commissioners also expressed regret that Jon Hartman, director of planning and economic development for the city, has announced his plans to move to Durham, N.C. in a few months.

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