Tag Archives: Roane County Park

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.

The Beginnings of Roane County Park

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

On April 23, 1949, the Harriman Lions Club, took over sponsorship to develop the Roane County Park to have a place for camping, picnics, swimming, and boating among other outdoor activities. Several attempts had been made to develop the park previously but they had failed. The area that was utilized for immediate development by the Lions Club was 60 acres while there were another 120 acres for possible future expansion. Roane County Court Judge Elmer Eblen created a County Park Commission and appointed the same men who were leading the project for the Lions Club. Those were Frank Faris, John R. Evans, R.T. Hamilton, E.T. Primm, and Roy Carmack. The land for the park had been taken by TVA as part of the Watts Bar Dam project and was then turned over to Roane County for the sole purpose of creating a park. The Lions Club first started drilling a well on the property and talked about digging another well for the central part of the park that would handle three picnic areas and the trailer camp area. Various members of the Lions Club were appointed for the following projects:

Wells – Clyde Suttles
Boat Dock – C.W. Bohanan
Tables and Ovens – Albert Ahler
Swimming Area – E.R. Allen
Garbage disposal – R.C. Williams
Recreation Area (slides, swings, sandboxes) – Wallace Smith
Roads – Ed Browder Clearing Wood and Underbrush – H.L. Kindred
Signs – Walter H. Scarbrough
Rest Rooms – Herbert Rawlings

It was the vision of the Harriman Lions Club to start development of the park that led to the Roane County Park becoming what it is today.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, September 2016.