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Dimmick property OK’d for Town purchase

With very little discussion, Farragut Municipal Planning Commission paved the way for the Dimmick Property to theoretically become part of McFee Park.

FMPC declared the property would be suitable for “passive” parkland at its meeting, Thursday, Feb. 19.

“There is no such thing as bad parkland,” Community Develop-ment Director Ruth Hawk told commissioners.

The Dimmick property has a man-made pond and home, which could be used for storage or park offices, but also has a sinkhole underneath its driveway, Hawk said.

“This land has very limited development potential because of the sinkhole under the driveway, the long length of the driveway and, on the stream, the steep slopes.

“This land would be more suitable for passive, not active, recreation purposes. We’re not going to build a softball field here,” Hawk said.

However, the Dimmick property is immediately adjacent to the parcel of McFee Park that is slated for passive parkland, providing a good tie-in to the park.

“Actually, with our aging population in Farragut, passive park land is probably more in demand than active in a lot of respects,” Hawk said.

A memo from Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl stated: “This land could easily be developed into a passive recreation area with picnic areas and open lawns, a dog park or a variety of other uses and facilities.”

The memo also stated Farragut currently is at “59 percent of the recommended acreage per citizen ratio and with our projected growth rate by 2020, that ratio could decline to 31 percent without any additions to our park land bank.”

The Dimmick property lies between McFee Park and the newly purchased Seal property off McFee Road. Owners Ralph and Susan Dimmick, who own a Christmas tree farm on the flagpole lot, have offered the land to the Town.

“This would complement well with the purchase of the Seal property [and] McFee Park,” Hawk said.

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen sent the consideration to FMPC so it would be free to consider the purchase of the Dimmick property in the next fiscal year.

Mayor Eddy Ford made a motion to recommend the property be purchased for use as a Town park and Ed St. Clair seconded. FMPC approved the motion unanimously.


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