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‘Greening’ McFee Park

McFee Park’s newest phase — which includes pavilions, a splash pad and a large playground — currently is under construction.

And besides the park’s new elements, Farragut is working hard to make sure the new park is “green.”

Those elements include solar panels, permeable pavers in the parking lot, bio-swells, drip irrigation and LED lights.

“We are installing a permeable paver parking lot,” Jay Smelser, Farragut’s Athletic & Park Coordinator, said in an e-mail.

“The pavers will allow for rainwater absorption versus run off. That will allow us to have a much smaller or no detention basin, as most developments with traditional paved drives or parking areas need,” he added.

The pavers also are a lighter color that will absorb more sunlight and heat, rather than reflecting it as normal pavement does.

“The pavers, along with the bio-swells in and around the park, will allow the rain water to be absorbed more quickly into the ground instead of going into a detention or retention area,” Smelser said.

All landscaped areas will have drip irrigation, which allows more water to reach areas that need it, with less waste and evaporation.

“And all lighting will be LED lights, which last much longer and use less power than incandescent bulbs,” Smelser said.

“There will be light tubes (sky lights) in the restrooms to provide natural light, reducing the need for traditional electric lighting,” he added.

The largest pavilion at McFee Park will have solar panels, allowing the Town to sell any excess power to TVA.

through a credit program.

Portions of the park are being funded by a Local Parks and Recreation Fund through the state.

The phase is set to be completed by Oct. 5.




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