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Plan approved for McFee Park Phase II

Farragut Municipal Planning Commission unanimously approved Phase II of McFee Park, which will include picnic pavilions, a playground and splash pad, at its meeting Thursday, Nov. 19.

“This is a really exciting phase for us … it features things we really need,” Parks and Leisure Services Director Sue Stuhl said.

“I see this really as a great spot,” she said.

Stuhl said construction would begin in March, and could take six to eight months.

Jennifer Salyer of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, pictured left, introduced the features of the phase to commissioners.

“In the center of the park will be a playground area, which will be a large composite structure,” Salyer said.

The designers used ideas from local children on what to include in the playground.

“We took those ideas and worked with a vendor to see what they could come up with,” she said.

Features include swings, slides, climbing walls and a track ride, all designed for children ages 5 through 12.

One of the largest features of the phase is the 1,160-square foot splash pad, which will feature in-ground sprays and a dumping bucket.

“The ground sprays are all different appearances: some of them form tunnels the children can run through, some of them are larger sprays, some of them are smaller sprays,” Salyer said.

A pump facility will be housed in a building with additional restrooms: the water will recirculate through a 2,000-gallon tank, where it will be chemically treated.

The splash pad will be winterized as well, and will include room to expand in later years.

Sustainable features of the park design include special pavers in the parking lot designed to decrease water runoff and the heat island effect, meaning the parking lot will be cooler than one made of asphalt.

All lighting will be LED lighting, which saves money on utilities. “Bioswales” will filter runoff and plants will be irrigated via drip irrigation.

Additional parking also is part of Phase II, as are walking trail links.

Phase II develops about a third of the total 26 acres in McFee Park. Four phases are planned: Phase III will include an amphitheater; Phase IV will include mostly passive walking trails, or perhaps a Frisbee golf course.

Phase II also uses numerous grants the Town received, including a $100,000 grant for the playground and a $50,000 grant for the large pavilion.

The Town acquired McFee Park in 1995.

Last year, the Town purchased land adjacent to McFee Park, which may be used as an extension of the park. No solid plans are yet in place for that property.

Stuhl later gave a “state of the park address,” alerting commissioners to upcoming plans for the Town’s four parks.

The 15-acre Anchor Park is largely built out, Stuhl said. It involves mixed uses, including walking trails, a playground and fishing pond.

Mayor Bob Leonard Park, 50-plus acres, is the Town’s athletic park, featuring 13 athletic fields.

The 17-acre Campbell Station Park includes paved and mulched walking trails, an outdoor classroom and various bronze sculptures.

In the works at Campbell Station, Stuhl said, include a low-profile playground and more sculptures.

Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen also approved the design at its meeting Monday, Nov. 23.


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