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Town’s parks boast many changes

Holly DeFranco helps her daughter, Megan, make her way down the slide on the new playground at Anchor Park on Turkey Creek Road.- Preston Flanders/farragutpress
Warmer weather is on the doorstep and many may choose to hit the local parks as Farragut moves into spring.

Farragut residents converging on the town’s parks may notice some changes.

“The new playground has slides, climbers, overhead bars and the whole bit,” said Sue Stuhl, leisure services director for the town, concerning the new multi-component playground at Anchor Park.

The new $50,000 playground replaces the wooden structure unit that was located close to the main parking area. The playground opened to the public March 5.

Anchor Park is located at 11730 Turkey Creek Road.

A new restroom and storage facility at Mayor Bob Leonard Park, at 301 Watt Road, is scheduled to open in early April, Stuhl said.

The building is located between the park’s volleyball courts and baseball field No. 1. Once completed, the restroom will be open year round.

In addition to the new restroom, new sod was installed on soccer field No. 2.

“Everything’s a go,” Stuhl said concerning phase one of the Campbell Station Park expansion.

The current expansion included additional parking, a pedestrian bridge that leads to a new restroom facility, renovation of an old bridge and a short asphalt trail.

The park, at 405 Campbell Station Road, is also home to five bronze statues installed during the last two years.

All of the town’s three parks received some new trees during the town’s annual tree planting in December 2003.

Dogwood, redbud and maple trees were planted, Stuhl said.

Capital improvement projects at Anchor Park for 2005 include replacement of the small picnic shelter roof, installation of a roof over the open pavilion area and winterizing the restrooms for year-round usage.

Replacement of the restroom/concession building roof and renovation and installation of lights at soccer field No. 2 is scheduled for Mayor Bob Leonard Park next year.

The town also plans to construct additional trails in the expansion area in 2005 at the Campbell Station Park to tie into the current trails.

To date, the town has 82 acres of parks. Fifty-plus aces comprise Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

In addition, the town has more than five miles of walking trails — just under two miles on Turkey Creek Road, 2.25 miles on Grigsby Chapel Road and one mile on the Parkside Drive Greenway, which connects to two more miles in the city of Knoxville.

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