Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department begins phased reopening of facilities

John Thompson • Updated Jun 2, 2020 at 8:57 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Parks and Recreation opened a lot more of its facilities to the public on May 29 for the first time since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The department reported on its webpage that playgrounds and pavilions are now open for public use at Harmon Park, City Park, Kiwanis Park, Douglas Park, Edwards Island and Riverside Park. Athletic fields at City Park, Lions Field, Carmen Dugger Sports Complex youth baseball and softball field and the Elizabethton Recreation Center tee ball complex are open for public use but with some restrictions.

The facilities are for team practices only. The department is not yet allowing two teams to play a game. Coaches must continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Tennis courts are open at the Joe LaPorte Jr. Recreation Area and City Park.

Restrooms are open.

At the current time, pavilions are available on a first-come, first-use basis. On June 8, the department will begin scheduling pavilions for private parties. The first reservations will be for June 27, with total participation at no more than 50 people.

The Elizabethton Recreation Center will begin a gradual reopening on June 8. More announcements on the gradual opening will follow in the coming days.

Outdoor basketball courts and the open gym at the Recreation Center are still closed.

The department reminds park goers to continue practicing social distancing and hand washing.