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Johnson City Parks and Recreation Special points of interest: ~ Get set for Adult Spring Softball and Youth Soccer! ~ Administration Highlights ~ Athletic Division Highlights ~ Park Services Division Highlights ~ Recreation Services Highlights - Kudos Corner ~ Dashboard

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Get set for Adult Spring Softball and Youth Soccer! Spring Youth Soccer drew a record 1,100 participants last year, and registration is now underway for the 2018 season. Athletics Manager David Carmichel says this is an opportunity for kids to learn the basics and play a sport with others for the very first time. For a lot of kids, this will be the first time they’ve tried anything athletic at all, and soccer is a good place to start. Five age groups are available for boys and girls between 3-15, and 10 games will be played at least twice weekly. Register for soccer at the Winged Deer Athletic Office or online at Registration for Adult Spring Softball ends April 6. Leagues available: Men’s openchurch, women’s open-church and co-ed open-church. Players may play on only one men’s, women’s or co-ed team. Ages 16-18 may play with signed consent form from parent. To register for softball, you must visit the Winged Deer Park Athletic Office.

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Administration Highlights ~

JOB FAIR The Job Fair held on Feb. 8 netted 30 applications.

Welcome New Team Members in Athletics

Board of Commissioners reviewed a presentation on the Boones Creek complex and discussed the Wilson property adjacent to Winged Deer Park. A list of questions have been provided to the city manager pertaining to design, costs, construction and potential use of the Boones Creek property.

First Place Finish is onsite at Carver Park working on the playground surface. We are optimistic the project will be completed by Feb. 26.

The Civitan Park project went out to bid on Feb. 21.

Staff and members of the Parks & Recreation Foundation met with members of the Pro-To Club to present the Carver splash pad concept.

The department is working with planning to develop a block restroom building design for the Gump pavilion at Rotary Park. The expected completion date is June 30 with cost being absorbed in this year’s budget. A request has been submitted to Mattern & Craig to develop a set of plans for a permanent restroom adjacent to the playground and splash pad at Rotary. The expenditure is included in our proposed budget.

Benjamin Greer Athletic Coordinator

Athletics Division Highlights ~

Robert Dove Recreation Worker

Basketball concluded this month and registration opened for the adult spring softball league and the youth soccer program.

A search is underway for soccer/softball coaches and officials.

The athletic division welcomed two new employees this month, Benjamin Greer, athletic coordinator and Robert Dove, recreation worker.

Park Services Division Highlights ~

TOSHA Requirement

Restrooms at the following locations have been repainted: Kiwanis, lower Metro-Kiwanis, Charlie Roller and Liberty Bell track.

Workplace safety training was conducted with all Park Services employees this month.

Sand was installed in the volleyball pits at Winged Deer Park and brush was removed from behind the soccer fields. Curbing has been repaired and replaced around the complex parking lot.

Installation of fence post and fence mesh around the perimeter of the MetroKiwanis playground was completed this month.

Vandalism repairs at Winged Deer Park, Civitan Park and Lions Park. Wind damage repairs to fencing are underway at Indian Trail.

Bleachers have been removed at Cardinal Park.

The pavilion at Willow Springs is ready for picnic tables.

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The annual Daddy Daughter Dance took place Feb. 3 with 770 tickets sold, compared to 531 last year, an increase of 239. There were 30-40 under age three who were admitted free. The result a delightfully packed Memorial Park Community Center with nearly 800 daddies and daughters. About a dozen participated in the first-ever Sensory Sensitive Hour held prior to the dance. The staff did an outstanding job this year which was evident by the increased attendance.

Memorial Park Community Center added a new Aikido class martial arts to their roster. The class will be held each Monday beginning March 19. In addition, spring break camps will be offered again this year for both Johnson City and Washington County Schools youth ages 6-12. Both camps will take place in March.

Memorial Park’s Skills and Drills 3-point challenge winner was Isaiah Carpenter. Isaiah was presented a trophy for his talents. The Wild Card Wednesday basketball contest winner this month was Kyland Thomas. Sam Danso took the win for football. Adaptive recreation and the Homeschool Preschool Physical Education continues to grow. Parent’s Night Out had 20 participants.

The aquatics staff conducted CPR and AED training this month for all department staff.

Carver Recreation Center held their annual Black History Month Celebration with the Taste of the Community. The event provided an opportunity to taste some incredible recipes provided by the community. Carver will also host a Fun Adventure Camp during spring break in March.

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Congrats to Donna Campbell who has landed in this month’s Kudos Corner for taking over the accounting responsibilities during David Montgomery’s medical leave. A true definition of unselfish teamwork. Thanks for lending us your time and talents.

Upcoming Events March 1: Winged Deer Park - Softball/Umpires Mtg.

March 19: MPCC - Aikido Class (Mondays in March)

March 2-4: Winged Deer Park - High School Tourney

March 19 : Seniors - Super Salads & Dressings

March 2: Seniors - Power Hour (Fridays in March)

March 19: Athletics - Adult softball practices begin

March 5: MPCC - Sweets and Paint Night

March 20: Seniors - Happy Colon Happy Life

March 5: Athletics - Youth Girls Team Softball registration opens March 20: Athletics - Youth teeball coaches meeting March 6: Seniors - Health Tips Sleep/Vision

March 20: Athletics - Youth softball coaches meeting

March 7: Seniors - Cooking Health for 1 or 2

March 22: Seniors - BP Refresher

March 8: Carver - St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

March 23-25: Winged Deer Park - East Tennessee Classic

March 9-11: Winged Deer Park - USSSA 1st Pitch Invitational

March 25: Athletics - Girls teeball/youth softball registration ends

March 12-16: Carver - Fun Adventure Camp

March 26-30: MPCC - Spring Break Camp - Wash. County

March 12-16: MPCC - Spring Break Camp - JC Schools

March 27 & 28: Carver - Easter crafts & egg coloring

March 13: Carver - March Madness

March 29: Carver - Easter Egg Hunt

March 14: Athletics - Youth soccer referees meeting

March 29: MPCC - Flashlight Egg Hunt

March 16-18: Winged Deer Park—USA Diamond Classic

March 30-Apr. 1: Winged Deer Park—USA Spring Fling

March 17: Athletics - Youth soccer practices begin

Walk in the park 2018 february  
Walk in the park 2018 february