July 26, 2006 - Mayor Bill Haslam, City
Council members and South Haven neighborhood residents cut a ribbon
today to celebrate the "new and improved" Mary James Park.
addition of new playground equipment, benches and picnic tables will
create a place where children can play safely and neighbors get to
know each other better," Mayor Haslam said. "Residents here take great
pride in this park and work hard to maintain it, and I'm glad the
city was able to help through the addition of these amenities."
The new playground is designed for children ages
five to 12 and includes two slides, a rock-climbing wall and swings.
In addition, the park features new benches, picnic tables, grill,
fire ring and a bike rack.
The South Haven Neighborhood Association worked with the East
Tennessee Community Design Center and Barge Waggoner Sumner and
Cannon to complete a master plan for the park two years ago, according
to Linda Rust, the association's president.
"This project has been three years in the making, and really proves
how important it is for neighborhoods to work today for good things
tomorrow," Rust said. "We appreciate the City of Knoxville's support
in helping us to make our neighborhood an even better place for
Funding for the nearly $50,000 in park improvements came from
federal Community Development Block Grants administered by the City.
Staff from the City's Public Service Division graded and prepared
the site for construction.