Summer’s knocking, parks are rocking

Mike DonilaFun Outdoors

Knox County Parks & Recreation carpenters were at East Knox Park this week putting a new roof on the pavilion. The funds used to complete that project were left over from the grant Dick’s Sporting Goods gave us to help replace the wiring that was stolen out of the park late last year.


Our three splash pads are now open every day through mid-September although we have had some issues with the one at New Harvest Park. Brad Hurst worked diligently to repair the filter and it is now up and running.

Brad Hurst finishes repairs on New Harvest Park splash pad.

Knox County’s splash pads are located at three parks: Carl Cowan Park (10058 S. Northshore Drive); New Harvest Park (4775 New Harvest Lane) and Powell Station Park (2318 W. Emory Road). Use of the splash pads is free and open, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We are still in need of umpires as we finish up our spring season sports and get ready for summer/fall seasons. Anyone interested should call 865-215-6600 and ask to speak with Jennifer.

Parks and Recreation is also gearing up for the men’s senior classic tournament at the SportsPark that will run June 4-13.

And, lastly, dates should be coming out for youth football soon.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention some of the great work the Knox County Engineering and Public Works Department did this week. Here’s a snapshot:

  • Continued work on Woodhollow Lane
  • Installed new road around relocated perimeter fence at the Sheriff’s Detention Center
  • Castaic Road – Sight distance maintenance on Castaic Road, Delray Road and Campbell Station Road.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency plans to hold a Free Fishing Day this year although it will be more scaled back than usual. The Cove at Concord Park will host the free event on Saturday, June 12, from 8 am. to noon. Free Fishing Day is held each summer and geared toward family and children, and those who participate can fish without a license for the day.

Reminder, too, that the New Harvest Farmers’ Market is still happening every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. at New Harvest Park at 4775 New Harvest Lane. It is open weekly through the end of September.

Knox County School graduations start this week, and the mayor plans to attend each of those, more info on Friday morning about that. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

Mike Donila is communications director for Knox County government

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