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Johnson City Parks and Recreation

A Walk in the Park

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~ Series finale strikes chord! - Administration Highlights ~ Athletic Division Highlights ~ Park Services Division Highlights ~ Recreation Services Highlights - Kudos Corner

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Series finale strikes chord! The 70-piece Johnson City Symphony Orchestra closed out the Parks and Recreation Department’s Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheater on Sept. 10 in front of the largest crowd in this year’s seven-concert schedule. Themed “Allegiance and Devotion,” patriotic and classical sounds stretched from the lakefront festival plaza to the far reaches of the park’s green fields. Academy of Strings, a group devoted to personal development of youth through music education, complemented the symphony with its “Millionaire’s Hoedown.” An estimated 1,500 concert-goers unfolded their chairs, picnicked on spread blankets and covered makeshift tables that held a variety of foods and floral arrangements on what turned out to be a very comfortable evening. American flags and red, white and blue clothing and banners marked the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, while children and adults alike wore smiles, danced and tapped their feet, making the event light and festive.

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Administration Highlights ~  Bids have opened for Metro-Kiwanis Playground and concessions operations for the department.  Staff is working on a Dashboard presentation for City Commission.  The management team is putting together the CIP program.  James Ellis and John Grindstaff attended opening ceremonies for the Disc Golf Championship on September 21.

Athletics Division Highlights ~  Youth fall soccer has begun with 950 enrolled in the program.  Adult fall softball has 51 teams signed up this season.  September 21-24 160 women participated in the PDGA United States Women’s Disc Golf Championship. Play will was held on at Harmon Hills, Pine Oaks and Winged Deer Park.

Park Services Division Highlights ~  Parks Services crews installed fresh mulch to all 18-holes of the Disc Golf Course and completed work on the tee pads. Washington County inmate crews weeded the course and removed low hanging branches from the paths. The work being done on the course is in preparation for our citizens to enjoy the U.S. Women’s Disc Golf Championship on Sept. 21-24.

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Recreation Services Division ~  Carver Recreation Center held their annual Carver Wall of Fame on Sept. 14 with 250 in attendance. The evening’s theme was Blue and Gold and Maroon and Gold Unite. Four members from Langston High School and four members from Science Hill High School were inducted into Carver’s Wall of Fame. Langston honorees included Mary Frances Smith Bridwell, Virginia Sanders Goines, Callie Gillespie Redd and William “Will” Rhea. Science Hill recipients were Andrel Trevior Anderson, Bart Lyon, Lee Milam and Jeremy Stevens.  Memorial Park Community Center hosted three teen events during the month, including two movie nights and a teen trivia night. There were 24 teens in attendance. Pickleball 101 began this month with six participants. Preschool and homeschool PE started back up on Sept. 5 with 30 in homeschool and 1o in preschool. In an effort to increase homeschool programming opportunities, the center started the Coffee and Coloring Club and a strength and running class for homeschool moms. Dollie and Me was held on Sept. 9 with 20 participants. Mary Lee Baker joined the staff this month bringing on new art programs. Baker provided art projects for Grandparents and Seniors Day at Carver Recreation.  Recreation Services staff participated in a staff retreat at Buffalo Mountain Park for a little hiking fun and mountain top brainstorming. The group discussed the summer program and future plans for the division.

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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:

Our recipient this month is Jim Hughes. Jim’s assistance with Park Services job interviews, oversite of Cardinal Park and the development of turf plans for the Civitan Park renovations has earned him a spot in Kudos Corner. Thanks Jim for a job well done!


Walk in the park 2017 september  
Walk in the park 2017 september