Local church works along with city’s Parks & Rec department
Published 9:35 am Friday, June 24, 2016
Hunter First Baptist Church knows how to be a friend to their neighbors.
Volunteers from the group recently participated in the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department’s Friends of the Parks program to give back to the city.
“We had a great day with an incredible group of people that love our community,” said Mike Mains, Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Director. “This is the second year we have worked with Hunter First Baptist Church and it has been a real blessing not only for our staff, but for the citizens of Elizabethton to see the results of their work and dedication.”
Throughout each year, the department works in conjunction with various groups and other organizations for community outreach projects to assist with the community.
The city and Hunter First Baptist Church are no strangers working together, either, Mains said. The church completed their second year project that featured various renovations to different parks associated with the department.
Elizabethton Twins’ fans will notice planted flowers and landscaping put in place at Joe O’Brien for the squad’s home opener against Pulaski on Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m. Wednesday’s contest will also have a special night for area families, with Family Night going on, sponsored by the Elizabethton Star.
Along with the minor league team, members of the church worked on painting the pavilions at City Park, the dugouts at the historic Blue Grays field at Douglas Park. Volunteers also worked on the Tweetsie Trail by picking up trash.
Mains also credited the work of Steven Nauman Sr., the pastor of the church, and his son, Steven Nauman, Jr., who serves as the families and students minister.
Friends of the Parks Program gives churches, nonprofit organizations and citizens a chance to give something back to our community.
“We feel very fortunate to have been able to work side by side with several organizations in recent years that believe in what we do,” Mains said. “(They) have made a difference in our community by assisting us with volunteer projects.”
For more information in the Friends in the Park volunteer projects, contact the parks and recreation department at 423-547-6441