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Johnson City Parks and Recreation Special points of interest: ~Carver Leads Mentoring Program ~ Administration Highlights ~ Athletic Division Highlights ~ Park Services Division Highlights ~ Recreation Services Highlights 

Golf Division Highlights

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Carver Leads Mentoring Program Early this summer, Carver Recreation Center Supervisor Herb Greenlee set in motion a program aimed at connecting at-risk students in grades 5-12 with mentors to help link them to vocational, educational and financial opportunities. Meetings have been conducted with representatives from Johnson City Schools, the Lions Club, Johnson City Juvenile Court, the Johnson City Police Department and community leaders who discussed how to introduce the program to parents, students and mentors. The first dinner meeting was a parent/caregiver meeting on Sept. 3, with the topic being just how students and parents can be assisted. On Oct. 1, a meeting will be held with students to discuss what types of learning opportunities they are seeking through the program. Student interest in hobbies and potential careers will be gauged introduce parents and students will learn more about the job and workforce environment as well as the interviewing process. Mentors, including former teachers, police officers, financial officers, juvenile coordinators and the Tennessee Technology Center, will be contacted after the October meeting to set up a Nov. 12 mentoring fair. Greenlee said the main goal is to connect students with community professionals with practical knowledge in the students’ particular areas of interest. He also wants the program to become a vehicle that helps students and their families access various community resources that help students develop those interests. The program will be conducted in partnership with Johnson City Schools, area churches, local industries, the Johnson City Police Department, the Tennessee Center for Applied Technology in Elizabethton, local businesses, community organizations, retired teachers and others who are coming forward to serve as mentors. Greenlee said it’s up to the parents and kids to determine what route they want to take. But the program, and Carver Recreation Center, will be there to help fill in the missing pieces.

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Administration Highlights ~ 

Park Advisory Board - New members Joe Bradley and James Dearstone, as well as returning members Carrie Fleenor and Marc Upton, were sworn in this month.

Langston Centre - Supervisor Adam Dickson spoke at ETSU’s first Multicultural Mondays event on Sept. 23, explaining Langston Centre’s role as the hub for multicultural programming, STEAM education and mentorship.

Athletics Division Highlights ~ 

Youth soccer regular season games are in full swing.

Adult softball is wrapping up regular season play with several teams beginning their end-of-season tournaments.

Youth and adult basketball registration begins Oct. 1.

Park Services Division Highlights ~ 

Tannery Knobs - Poured pads and installed permanent benches and equipment.

Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek - Pavilion pillars poured and installed.

Indian Trail Intermediate School - Replaced third base side fence.

Civitan soccer fields - Top dressed with 60 tons of white sand.

Civitan Field #5 - Placed 8,000 square feet of sod.

Rotary Park Pedestrian Counter-2,600 visits week of Sept. 19. Operation of the park’s splash pad was extended beyond Labor Day to accommodate visitors during continued warm weather.

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Recreation Services Division ~ 

Senior Services - Johnson City Senior Center received three Positive Image Awards from the Southeastern Association of Area Agencies on Aging for Wacky Mini Golf, Plogging for Fitness Challenge and Keep It Moving programs. This is the third straight year the Senior Center has been recognized for outstanding programs. Senior and recreation staff members worked together to provide a Family Fun Night on Sept. 16 with 45 participating in active games and activities geared toward families. Another fun night has been set for Oct. 21.

Memorial Park Community Center - A new program, Tot Time, began this month with 20 families attending. Introduction to Biking began Sept. 19 with 10 participants enrolled. A new Tabata-style class and REFIT dance was added this month with 14 enrolled. Adaptive Recreation with 20 participants and Homeschool PE with 30 students resumed their regular schedules this month. The Strength and Agility class for teens started this month with 10 in the class. Preschool Art has an average of six students each week. Tots made their own art portfolio binder for friends and family to store their artwork.

Nature - The vernal pool in Jacob’s Nature Park needed some maintenance. With the dry weather, ETSU practicum students were able to cut back the aggressive cattails and open up the pool. When the pool fills, the cattails will drown. The pool provides different habitat for aquatic animals and is a valuable wildlife resource.

Carver Recreation Center - A dinner in honor of first responders was held Sept. 10 with 100 in attendance. The Science Hill football team was fed during the annual Blue and Gold to Maroon and Gold event Sept. 12 with 120 in attendance. Fundraising is ongoing to the trip to Memphis the week of Oct. 7-11.

Aquatics - More than 20 dogs rollicked in Legion Street Pool Saturday, Sept. 7 during the annual Dog Swim.

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Golf Division Highlights ~ 

A total of 28 kids are enrolled in the First Tee program at Pine Oaks which began in late August and runs through Oct. 7. On Mondays, 17 kids participate in the PLAYer-level class, and on Fridays 11 kids participate in the Birdie and Par classes.

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Upcoming Events September 27-29 - Winged Deer Park - USA Play for the Cure Classic

October 19 - Memorial Park Community Center - Super Spooky Saturday

October 1 - Youth and adult basketball registration begins

October 23 - Athletic Office - Youth basketball practice sign-ups

October 1 - Memorial Park Community Center - Wall of Fame Media Luncheon

October 24 - Memorial Park Community Center - Costumes, Candy and Cars

October 3 - Memorial Park Community Center— Bert Street Music Series - J P Southern Band

October 24 - Winged Deer Park Administration Office - Park Advisory Board Meeting

October 4-6 - Winged Deer Park - USA Fall Classic

October 25-27 - Winged Deer Park - Future Stars of Sports Halloween Classic

October 8 - Memorial Park Community Center - Pumpkins and Pizza

October 28 - Senior Services - You Are Help Until Help Arrives

October 10 - Memorial Park Community Center - Bert Street Music Series - Jay Marie Project

October 31 - Youth basketball registration ends

October 11-13 - Winged Deer Park - USA No Place Like Home Classic

October 31 - Carver Recreation Center - Halloween Festival

October 12 - Winged Deer Park Robert Young Cabin - A Piece of East Tennessee History October 12 - Buffalo Mountain Park - Hike with the Mayor

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