During Monday’s business session, Elizabethtown City Council heard brief updates from the Parks and Recreation and Stormwater departments, as well as the Elizabethtown Sports Park.
Parks and Recreation Director Seth Breitner said funds were budgeted this year to resurface the Freeman Lake Park tennis courts, which were built in 2012.
Submissions for the project will close on August 31. The plan is to hopefully present the project to the board for approval at a Sept. 7 meeting, Breitner said. The objective would be to do the resurfacing in the fall.
According to Rita Davis, director of stormwater, a public meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Pritchard Community Center to discuss drainage issues at Foxborough Estates. She said everyone is welcome.
On Monday, Council members also heard from Todd Yancey, General Manager of Elizabethtown Sports Park, which is entering its third year of operation by Sports Facilities Management.
“The last two years have been a wild ride, but an exciting one for sure,” he said.
When they took over park operations, Yancey said they focused on four areas, revenue growth and process improvements, increased use of Miracle Field, community events and economic impact.
For revenue growth, Yancey said he maximized the calendar, increasing the number of events held at the park. He said they have also developed their own tournaments.
Yancey also noted that the completed synthetic turf conversion at the sports park has helped attract teams and tournaments to the area.
As for being a community park, he said several local leagues, including Elizabethtown Area Youth Football, E’town Area Baseball Commission, County Lacrosse Hardin, use the park. He said it was thanks to Mayor Jeff Gregory and Elizabethtown Director of Tourism Janna Clark for putting the right people in the right room to have the necessary discussion.
Yancey said the goal is to continue to grow and provide a range of opportunities for sports teams and the community. For example, he noted that the Hardin County Special Olympics softball team will be using Miracle Field for practices next year.
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