County parks board still seeking use for land along Doe River

10:00 am | May 15, 2013

After briefly considering selling a plot of county land, the Carter County Parks and Recreation Board instead decided to continue exploring options for its use.

Photo by Max HrendaParks and Recreation board member J.R. Campbell discusses the county's vacant lot of land  adjacent to Doe River. Although part of the land rests in a flood plain, Campbell reminded the board that, most of the time, the area is not flooded.

Photo by Max Hrenda
Parks and Recreation board member J.R. Campbell discusses the county’s vacant lot of land adjacent to Doe River. Although part of the land rests in a flood plain, Campbell reminded the board that, most of the time, the area is not flooded.

For the past several months, the board has discussed several uses for the triangular patch of land, which sits next to U.S. Highway 19E on the southern side of the Doe River. Among those suggestions were batting cages, a dirt bicycle park, a skate park, and a fishing hole.

The implementation of these ideas has proven difficult, however, because the lot itself rests in a flood plain.

“We have been told that we cannot put any permanent structures on this property,” said board member Dale Colbaugh. “People have been asking me what we’re going to do with it, and I’ve been saying I don’t know.”

Although the land can be hazardous during a flood, board member J.R. Campbell reminded the board that, most of the time, the land isn’t flooded.

“In-between those floods, there’s a lot of enjoyment that could be had,” Campbell said. “Over a period of 20 years, how many people could use this spot? I think we’re all right with it.”

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