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Town plans McFee Park redesign

McFee Park Phase II included this playground, which was completed in 2011. Phase III, which was to begin construction in 2014, initially included an amphitheater. The redesign will include utilizing the Seal and Dimmick property purchases.
McFee Park’s playground and splash pad may have been completed in 2011, but plans for the park are far from over.

In the early months of 2012, Town administrator David Smoak said the Town has plans to redesign the Park’s master plan to include adjacent land purchases of the Seal and Dimmick properties.

The land purchases over the past few years increase McFee Park’s size to more than 52 acres.

“We will do a master plan for the whole property. We’ll obviously have to go through a process and pick a [design] firm to do that for us, because it is part of our CIP this year,” Smoak said.

Smoak said the new master plan — which eventually will be approved by Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen — could change the construction dates or even the preliminary designs of McFee Park’s third phase.

Phase III initially was intended to include an amphitheater and was tentatively budgeted for construction in fiscal year 2014.

“The new master plan could tell us if there’s other ideas for the park and the property out there ... and we may get a better feel for the size of [the amphitheater], the cost of it.

“That’s why we do a master plan, to make sure we have everything figured out in advance out there,” Smoak said.

The Seal property cost the Town $1.25 million; the Dimmick property cost $500,000.


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