November 12, 2004 - Mayor Bill Haslam, City Council members and Mechanicsville residents celebrated the opening of Danny Mayfield Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today.
"This neighborhood park is designed with the entire community in mind - an outdoor classroom area for Maynard Elementary School teachers and students; a playground for toddlers; and open space for youth and adults to enjoy as they wish," Mayor Haslam said.
The park is named for the late Councilman Danny Mayfield, Knoxville
College alumnus, co-founder of the urban ministry Tribe One, and a community
leader who represented the 6th District until his death from bone cancer
Attending the ceremony were members of Councilman Mayfield's family
including his widow, Melissa Mayfield Hornsby; children, Din and Nia;
and his father, Danny Mayfield.
keeping with Councilman Mayfield's interest in community building, the
City of Knoxville held two public meetings to solicit residents' suggestions
for the park's design.
As a result, the outdoor classroom was moved closer to Maynard Elementary School for easier access by students and teachers; a plaque with the names of 40 community leaders is installed in the park; and a water fountain and additional seating were added. The nearly two-acre park also includes playground equipment for toddlers.
Funding for the park came primarily through federal grants administered by the City of Knoxville and Knoxville's Community Development Agency.