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Johnson City Parks and Recreation

A Walk in the Park Your Parks and Recreation Connection

Special points of interest: ~ Luncheon Honors Superheroes ~ Administration Highlights ~ Athletic Division Highlights ~ Park Services Division Highlights ~ Recreation Services Highlights - Kudos Corner ~ Dashboard

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Luncheon Honors Superheroes! The annual Senior Services Volunteer Luncheon offered 107 community volunteers a chance to laugh along with a ventriloquist, enjoy a free meal and chat with staff inside Memorial Park Community Center. The volunteers were rewarded for their clerical and data entry work inside the building, as well as their singing and instrument playing provided to members of the community. Guests sat at brightly colored tables. And a cartoonish but impactful backdrop was set up for entertainer Kyle Scribner from Sevierville, as well as greetings and thanks from city officials. Staff dressed up as various superheroes to emulate the volunteer’s qualities. Black, for example, represented consistency; red, commitment.

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Administration Highlights ~ 

Carver Park Splash Pad – The TDEC grant has been applied for.

Carver Recreation Center Playground – First Place Finish was put on a 10 day notice, effective April 25, 2018. We are in the process of obtaining quotes to finish the project providing First Place does not make the required repairs.

Trail Solutions presented concept ideas for potential trails at Buffalo Mountain Park to the PRAB at the April 26th meeting.

Kermit Tipton walk-thru took place on Thursday, April 26th. Keith Turner will be contracting repairs to the field surface and obtaining quotes for the track. Park Services will be painting fencing, handrails and doors prior to the 2018 football season.

Athletics Division Highlights ~ 

The summer tennis program is registering right now. The program, 6 weeks in length will begin on June 4 at the Liberty Bell Tennis Center.

The spring adult softball league has started play. There are 59 teams in the adult league. Girls T-Ball and machine pitch has started league play. There are 3 teams in each league.

Park Services Division Highlights ~

A Walk in the Park

Top dressing Civitan Park athletic fields at a rate of 100 tons of sand per week. Completed painting of the dugouts, bleachers and backstop walls at Metro-Kiwanis Park.

Athletic field maintenance for soccer, baseball, softball, and Little League.

Fertilizer and pre-emergent has been applied to all athletic fields.

The foundation has been poured and the block walls are being laid at a permanent restroom facility adjacent to the Gump Pavilion at Rotary Park.

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Recreation Services Division ~ 

Memorial Park Community Center started some new programs in May, including Hoop Dance, Lazy Cooking for Busy Bodies and Hoop Wreath Craft.

Homeschool/preschool held their year-end party on May 8 with about 40 participants, and they all enjoyed games and a pizza party.

A field trip group of 80 from Mountain View Elementary School also was held May 8, and they enjoyed games in the gym with the recreation staff.

The Inchworm and Adaptive Recreation programs continue with popular attendance. The adaptive program consistently has 40 participants.

On May 17, MPCC will Hold its 2nd annual Candy Land Carnival. About 40o participants are expected to enjoy inflatables, games, balloon artist, magician, face painting, crafts music and more.

Nature will present over 15 programs during the month of May. Many programs are school groups celebrating the end of the school year. This group attended the ‘Amphibians with Attitude’ program held in Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek one May Saturday. After learning a bit about our local amphibians, the group found some salamanders along with a few different types of tadpoles and some aquatic insects.

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Johnson City Parks & Recreation 4137 Bristol Highway 4137 Bristol Highway Johnson City, Tennessee 37601 Johnson City, Tennessee 37601 Phone: 423-283-5815 Phone: 423-283-5815 Fax: 423-283-5829 Fax: 423-283-5829 Email: Website:

Roger Cox has played a big role in the absence of a Park Services manager. He was instrumental in preparing the proposed budget, reviewing and submitting employee evaluations ahead of time, processing annual purchase orders and maintaining a strong commitment to the quality of playing surfaces at Civitan and Metro-Kiwanis and other parks. “Roger has stepped up in a big way and is keeping the ship on course,” said Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis. “His efforts are truly appreciated at our busiest time of the year.”

Upcoming Events May 18: Senior Services - Friday Nigh Dance - Kids Our Age

July 9: Winged Deer Park Tower - Fall Soccer Registration begins

May 18, 19, 20: Winged Deer Park - Future Stars of Sports

June 9: Memorial Park Community Center - Tot Triathlon

May 22: Carver - End of School Block Party

June 14: Carver - Olympic Day

May 25: Carver - Youth Concert

June 15-17: Winged Deer Park - Milligan Summer Showcase

May 25, 26, 27: Winged Deer Park - BPA Memorial Day Classic

June 21-24; Winged Deer Park - USSSA AA World Series

May 25: Carver - Thomas Wade Veterans Program

June 25: Winged Deer Park Tower-Fall Adult Softball registration begins

May 30: Rockin’ 50’s Health Fair

June 29-July 1: Winged Deer Park - USA Firecracker Classic

May 31: Memorial Park Community Center - Music Arts Camp

July 6-8: Winged Deer Park - USA 8, 10,12,14U Classic C National

June 1-3: Winged Deer Park - USA Summer Classic

July 9: Winged Deer Park Tower - Fall Soccer Registration begins

June 1: Senior Services - An Enchanted Evening Senior Prom

July 12-15: Winged Deer Park - Tom Williams Tri-Cities Classic

June 4: Liberty Bell - Youth/Adult Tennis Lessons Begin

July 20: MPCC - Friday Night Dance; Kids Our Age

June 7: Lakeside Concert Series - SHAKE yo Money Maker

July 12-15: Winged Deer Park - Tom Williams Tri-Cities Classic

June 8-10: Winged Deer Park - USA June Jam

July 20: MPCC - Friday Night Dance; Kids Our Age

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