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Milestones reached for two Kingsport parks

Matthew Lane • Jul 11, 2018 at 8:41 AM

KINGSPORT — As the ribbons are cut at one city park, the shovels are turning at another.

Two city parks are in the spotlight at the moment — Borden Park, one of the parks found in the city’s original design plans, and Carousel Park, which will be located adjacent to the Kingsport Carousel in the downtown area.

Borden Park is celebrating a milestone, while the construction of Carousel Park is just getting underway. Here’s the latest information about both greenspaces.

BORDEN PARK

Kingsport officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning for the latest additions at Borden Park. In case you haven’t been by there lately, here’s what’s new:

— A tree-house-style playground structure with multiple slides, poles, climbers and a rock wall.

— Eight swings with one being ADA compliant.

— A Tri-Runner swing or basically a three-person, maypole-type swing.

— Two picnic shelters also on the Lamont side, both built by the Rotary Club of Kingsport.

— Two solar powered phone recharging stations near the new playground and basketball court.

The cost of the new playground equipment was $118,000, and funding was made possible through a $450,000 Project Diabetes grant from the Tennessee Department of Health.

“We’re working to make healthy choices the default choice and this park is a perfect example of that,” said Joan Cook with Project Diabetes.

CAROUSEL PARK

Just a few miles away in downtown Kingsport, work is underway to create a new style of park, a fenced in greenspace adjacent to the carousel roundhouse that will be accessible for kids regardless of their abilities.

This new park will feature a web crawler, inclusive spinner, crawl tunnel, stepping pods, a tree house structure (with a slide, bridge and climber) and a music area (with congas, chimes and vibes). New tables with canopies will be added, as will a new sidewalk around the roundhouse building.

Mike Hickman, an engineering coordinator with the city, said the $288,000 project got underway in June with site preparation work and grading. This work is continuing, and the playground equipment should arrive in the next six to eight weeks.

Expect to see kids playing in the new park later this fall.

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