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Town presents Leisure Service 10-year plan

Plans for improving parks, fields, activities and other health and leisure programs in Farragut were made public during the Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting Jan. 24.

The Town’s Leisure Services Master Plan Advisory Committee presented its master plan that covers a 10-year time period.

Committee members are Mike Karnitz, Tom Rosseel, Pat Sloan, John Williams, Nancy Glasgow and Sherae Patterson with staff support provided by Sue Stuhl, director of Leisure Services. The committee initiated its work in 2006 through a survey of the citizens of the Town and held public hearings in February 2007.

“The survey showed that the top facilities in importance to the people that responded were walking trails, nature areas, picnic facilities, and a community center. The top choices at the public hearings were a multipurpose community center, lighted multi-use fields, additional greenway lengths, Town streetscapes, and a lacrosse field,” Karnitz, committee chair, said.

The committee identified seven needs and nine goals of the Town for the next 10 years. Farragut is below the national average of leisure spaces per population, with about six acres per 1,000 people; national guidelines recommend about 10 acres per 1,000 people. Knoxville and Knox County are also below the national average, with about 3.71 and 1.95 acres respectively, Stuhl said.

The nine goals, in order, are to aggressively develop new facilities, including a community center; acquire land to expand parks and athletic fields; continue to construct greenways, trails and sidewalks; preserve and protect wetlands; provide facilities and programs to promote Farragut’s unique cultural identity; provide indoor facilities for athletics, fitness and special events; expand programs that lead to additional beautification of the Town; establish public-private ventures to strengthen the Town’s cultural activities; and conduct a critical review of the Parks and Leisure Services department.

The action plans for the next 10 years group these nine goals into near-, mid- and long-term goals.

“I think this confirms what we [the Board] have already been thinking: that we need more land for parks, [and] that we need a community center,” Vice Mayor Michael “Mike” Haynes said.

In other business, the Board also:

• Approved, upon second reading, Ordinance 07-40 to rezone a portion of Parcel 81, Tax Map 150, 13106 Kingston Pike, 275 feet south of Kingston Pike and fronting S. Watt Road, from R-1 to C-1, 2.1 acres.

• Approved, upon second reading, Ordinance 07-41 to rezone Parcel 8 and a portion of Parcel 9, Tax Map 162, located on the southeast corner of Evans and McFee roads, from R-2 to OSMR, 45.5 acres.

In unfinished business, the Board:

• Moved the second reading of the proposal to widen Everett Road from Union to Smith roads to the next FBMA meeting, Feb. 14.

• Approved resolution R-08-01, the appointment of Jerry Martin as municipal judge for the next year.

• Approved request for a temporary variance to Farragut Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 4, Driveways and Other Access Ways, Section 16-406, 2(a) Distance from Intersections and (b) Distance between driveways, to N. Campbell Station Road for a Holiday Inn Express hotel, 816 N. Campbell Station Road, Parcel 123, Tax Map 130.

• Moved consideration of possible acquisition of property to Feb. 14 meeting.


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