Elizabethton and Carter County Parks and Recreation boards to work together to develop multi-sport parks

Published 8:54 am Thursday, March 9, 2017

left to right, Mike Mains, Kim Birchfield, City Councilman and Ken Gough, President Carter County Parks and Recreation Board.

Multisport Agreement

The Elizabethton and Carter County Parks and Recreation Boards agreed to a memorandum of understanding that the two groups would jointly work together to develop multisport parks in Elizabethton and Carter County. “This is just another step in the right direction to pull all of our resources together as we research and develop future recreational facilities for our citizens,” said Mike Mains, Parks and Recreation Director.

The agreement between the two Boards will establish projects that will enhance recreational opportunities for residents of Elizabethton and Carter County by developing and operating facilities designed for baseball and softball play and may also include elements such as soccer fields, walking / jogging trails, picnic areas, fitness trails, dog parks, disc golf courses, skate parks and other recreational facilities.

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In the future the two Boards will work closely together to seek land for recreational use and reach out to the public for input and support for these important community projects. In addition both parties will research overall needs, collaborate with their overall recreational plans and seek funding sources.

Back Horsemen Agreement

The Back Country Horsemen of East TN and the Carter County Parks and Recreation Board also agreed to a memorandum of understanding that would create a partnership between the two organizations. The Back Country Horseman is 110 members strong and in 2016 volunteered over 500 hours of service. Nationally this organization is comprised of 13,000 members and in 2016 volunteered 304,300 plus hours to their communities.

The purpose of the Back Country Horsemen of Eastern Tennessee Are to:

•Assist governmental and private agencies in the establishment, maintenance and management of trails and other back country resources.

•Ensure public lands remain open to recreational stock use.

•Perpetuate common sense use and enjoyment of horses in America’s back country and wilderness.

•Educate and encourage the wise use of the back country resources by horsemen and the general public.

•Actively involve youth in activities related to our purpose, and maintain a family oriented organization.

For comments or questions you may have please call Ken Gough the President of the Carter County Parks and Recreation Board at 423-571-1470.