Parks & Rec athletics offers variety of activities for community

Published 4:42 pm Thursday, February 1, 2018

To get out of a frigid state of mind, City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation officials are gearing up for the spring season.

David Nanney, recreation manager with the department, recently announced a pair of programs are currently gearing up for the spring season — adult flag football and coed volleyball.

“We are proud to offer coed volleyball and adult flag football for another year,” Nanney told the Elizabethton Star. “Both sports are very popular and have been mainstays in our recreational program for many years. We expect a large turnout for each of these registrations.”

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Flag football tends to be one of the more popular items through the department, Nanney said. Registration is underway now to participate. Individuals have until March 23 to sign up for the April 8 start date. Team fees are $260 for the season, which includes a regular season, postseason and championship.

For those looking to stay indoors, coed volleyball is the way to go, Nanney added.

Volleyball registration also concludes March 23 but the regular season gets underway April 2. Team fees are $250.

Working through a busy 2018 itinerary, Nanney added the athletics tend to bring an extra element to the department that’s looking to grow its program list.

“We’re excited about the services we’re able to offer to the public,” he said. “We want to make sure we can offer something for everybody. Whether it is athletics, the parks, the trails or Franklin Pool.”

When it comes to new additions to the spring season, Franklin Pool at the Joe LaPorte, Jr. Recreation Area is receiving a new splash pad courtesy of a grant offered by the State of Tennessee.

Rich Construction, based out of Knoxville, is handling the process of installation. Parks & Rec staff is expecting the pad to be ready for Memorial Day weekend.

For more information about spring activities, visit the City of Elizabethton website or call the department at (423) 547-6440.