Beth Waters, chair of the Fort Kid Committee, has called on Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon to delay the scheduled April 6 closure and demolition of the downtown playground.
Waters led efforts in 1991 to build Fort Kid – an effort which drew some 2,500 volunteers downtown. It was built as part of the city’s bicentennial.
“We are asking that the closure and the demolition be delayed,” she wrote. “As a result of the COVID-19 virus crisis, we cannot hold the birthday party or any other event to wish Fort Kid farewell.” Additionally, Water said with schools and most public buildings closed, Fort Kid offers a great place for outdoor recreation. Read her letter here: Ltr to Kincannon 3-19-20