Parks panel looks to lure ideas for lot

10:00 am | February 13, 2013

Carter County’s Parks and Recreation Board has owned a patch of ground on the Doe River for several years, but has never found a viable use for the property.

Photo by Danny DavisParks and Recreation Board Member Carol White suggested building a dirt bike - not motorcycle - park in a vacant lot owned by the board located next to Highway 19E, on the southern side of Doe River.

Photo by Danny Davis
Parks and Recreation Board Member Carol White suggested building a dirt bike – not motorcycle – park in a vacant lot owned by the board located next to Highway 19E, on the southern side of Doe River.

Until, perhaps, Tuesday evening.

Think dirt.

And fish.

Board members discussed the future of the plot of land, a triangular patch of land sitting next to U.S. Highway 19E on the southern side of Doe River. According to board members, the plot has gone unused for too long.

“We can’t just let it sit there,” said board member Dale Colbaugh. “The county didn’t want it, so they sold it to us years ago.”

Members had previously discussed building a skate park on the lot, but state law prohibited it because the plot rests in a flood plain.

On Tuesday, board member Carol White offered a twist on the concrete skate park idea, one using resources that could be as cheap as, well, dirt.

“We need to look into making a dirt park, not for motorcycles, but for bicycles,” White told board members. “I think that’s something we could develop pretty cheaply, and if the river washes it away, there’s no financial loss.”

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