By Ashley Rader
As Elizabethton works its way along the Riverfront Linear Path, residents have another chance this month to share their opinions and concerns about the project.
Park and Recreation Director Mike Mains said the series of public meetings has given the Parks and Recreation Department the opportunity to talk with residents to gain input on the trail.
The department will host its third public hearing on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.
“We keeping reaching out to see if there is anything the public has concerns with for the use of the trail,” Mains said. “It is an ongoing process for our self-evaluation. From time to time we will schedule a public meeting to hear from the public.”
During the meeting, the public is invited to share concerns with the Linear Path, including accessibility, accommodations for individuals with disabilities, path maintenance and how the trail will be administered.
While all are welcome to come and express opinions, Mains said the department wants to hear in particular from trail users who have physical disabilities. to make sure the trail is easily accessible by everyone.
The department has already made changes to the trial based on information gathered in previous meetings.
Mains said signs designating handicapped parking spaces near the trail have been installed, as well as signs showing where crosswalks are located. Also, a sidewalk connecting a pavilion at Cat Island Park to the trail has been installed.
“We continue to make improvements to sections of the trail and look forward to several other projects we have planned in early spring that will improve directional signage and slope issues,” he said.