Category Archives: Parks & Recreation

TN Department of Environment & Conservation Grant

The placement of the above sign brings Roane County one step closer to the completion of the TN Department of Environment and Conservation funded grant project. This Emory, Clinch and Watts Bar Watersheds Habitat and Recreation Restoration Grant project totaled $457,000.00 to provide Roane County with accessible public docks, kayak launches, a boat slip, and land stabilization. Full story to come as the project is set to close in the next few months. (Pictured right: Ron Woody & Josh Lentz hanging a new sign at the Little Emory boat launch.)

Ron Woody & Josh Lentz

Swan Pond Sports Complex and Roane County Park

{Mike Beard, Director of Roane County Parks and Recreation}

Swan Pond Sports Complex

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Health, along with TVA are finalizing the sampling plan. For the SPSC. Based on a timeline submitted by the TDEC it appears that the SPSC will be closed throughout the summer and hopefully the interpretation of the sampling will be completed by the Fall. We have our fingers crossed for a Fall season. Sampling has not begun yet.

AYSO has found other suitable locations for the spring season and this could be the case for the rest of the year. TDEC and the TN Department of Health have submitted a preliminary timeline for the necessary work. This timeline will conclude in early Fall 2019.

Happening In Roane County Park

Our Roane County Park volunteer groundskeeper asked for new mulch for this Spring’s planting. Your Parks and Recreation staff was happy to comply.

TVA visits the Caney Creek Recreation Area footbridge location as part of the permitting process.

Roane County Access to Health through Healthy Active Built Environments Grant Project

{Jamie Kinard, Roane County Grants Administrator}

Roane County is excited to complete its Access to Health through Healthy Active Built Environments Grant Project. The project was a grant funded by the Department of Health to install four exercise equipment pieces to give better access to physical activity at the Roane County Park.

Healthy Active Built Environments Grant Project, HABE, Department of Health, exercise equipment, Roane County Park

Disc Golf Tournament Attracts People from 25 Cities in 3 States

{Mike Beard, Director of Parks and Recreation}

On the eleventh of November, eighty disc golfers from 25 cities in Tennessee, Georgia, and Ohio descended upon Roane County Park for the Smoky Mountain Discs (SMD) Iron Pig Disc Golf Tournament. This isn’t the first time SMD has lured golfers from near and far to Roane County for disc golf tournaments, nor will it be the last. SMD owner, Kevin Harris believes that Roane County Park is the nicest disc golf park in the Knoxville area, further noting how clean and well designed it is. This is due in large part to the Roane County Parks and Recreation staff. Thanks also go to the Roane County Disc Golf Club who showed up early to go over every inch of their home course.

The interest in the tournament was so high that SMD’s Director of Tournament Standards and Course Design, Stephen Adcock, and the Roane County Parks and Rec team had to work together to add three temporary holes to the course. Each division of golfer, from Pro Masters to Recreational competed for their share of the prize money from the entry fees. Chris Dickerson of Limestone TN, currently ranked 6th in the world, won the open. At the end of the day, everyone from first place to the last place enjoyed dining, playing and resting in Roane County.

Roane County P&R Citizens Advisory Board – Feb 2019

Our Parks and Recreation (P&R) services are not mandated statutorily but by tradition. Since 1961, the TVA RLR-35188 and other resolutions have directed the path for Roane County P&R. As we approach sixty years of P&R services, the County Commission created the Roane County Parks and Recreation Citizens Advisory Board (RCPRCAB) to bring a citizen’s perspective on the development of various Roane County P&R policies, priorities, and objectives.

This RCPRCAB is designed to ensure a diverse development of health and recreation offerings for our citizens. Its formation brings the experience and knowledge of six P&R Directors, three private citizens, six student representatives, and two county commissioners to the drawing board. The RCPRCAB convened for the first time on January 24th, fulfilling a Tennessee Local Parks and Recreation Grant (LPRF) requirement for public input and communication. The newly formed board recommends the development of a new master plan.

Mike Beard, the Roane County P&R Director, is enthusiastic about the recent appointment of the RCPRCAB, “Roane County’s potential is as abundant as its beauty. It is vital to seek wise counsel, to effectively wield its charm.” He believes, “Each P&R director’s unique perspective and knowledge will lead us to a more cohesive and complementary master plan.” Furthermore, “The high school students are given the opportunity to partner with community leaders and older generations to learn how to be a positive and effective force in the community. In return, their elders and community leaders are given a chance to be invigorated by the unbridled creativity and enthusiasm of youth.” To learn more see Executive Summary 17h.