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Registration open for Badges and Ballers 3-on-3 basketball tournament

The Johnson City Community Roundtable will host the first-ever Badges and Ballers 3-on-3 basketball tournament Saturday, Aug. 26th at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St. Badges and Ballers will bring together Police and the community in a fun, competitive environment featuring former University of Tennessee and Science Hill High School basketball standout Damon Johnson.

Register here at www.myjcparks.com. For more information, please contact Becky Haas at (423)434-6105.

• Tournament begins at 12:30 p.m.; slam dunk contest at 3 p.m.
• $15 team entry; $10 slam dunk entry
• Each player gets an awesome T-shirt from BoomTown & Co.
• Prizes will be awarded
• Open to ages 15-adult; co-ed

5th Annual Kids Triathlon

Registration is now open for Memorial Park Community Center’s fifth annual Kids Triathlon, set for Saturday, Aug. 19th. The race is open to ages 6-12.

Ages 6-8 - Swim 50 meters, bike 1 mile, run .5 mile
Ages 9-10 - Swim 100 meters, bike 1.5 miles, run 1 miles
Ages 11-12 - Swim 150 meters, bike 2 miles, run 1.5 miles

Participants are responsible for bringing their own bikes, helmets, and goggles and must arrive by 8 a.m. to have bikes in the transition area and to check-in. Race begins at 9 a.m.

Where: Start at Legion Street Pool, 111 Legion St., bike on Tweetsie Trail, and end at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.

Fees and Registration: $30 through Friday, Aug. 11. Late registration (Aug. 12-18) will be $40. There will be no registration day of race. Early registrants are guaranteed a T-shirt and medal. Register online at
www.myjcparks.org (credit card only) or in person at MPCC (cash or check only). Monday through Friday (7 a.m. – 9 p.m.) or Saturday (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Packet Pick Up: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18 at Memorial Park Community Center. There will be no pick up day of race.

For more information, please contact MPCC at (423) 434-5749

Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park @ Goulding Amphitheatre - 7pm

Bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and your dancing shoes. Johnson City Parks and Recreation department presents their free Lakeside Concert Series taking place at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre off Carroll Creek Road. Enjoy free shows from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday through July 6th (with a special Symphony performance Sept. 10th from 6-8 p.m.).

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

• Thursday, July 20, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. – Johnson City Symphony

For more information, call (423)283-5815, email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org or visit www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

Rotary Park Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad now open

Members of the Johnson City Rotary Club along with City officials cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially open the Rotary Park Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad on Tuesday. The facility, located at 1001 N. Broadway St., provides 22,000 square feet of play area designed for all ages and abilities.

“This playground allows full accessibility and enjoyment by all, with specifically designed features for those using assistive devices such as wheelchairs as well as our visually and hearing-impaired citizens,” said James Ellis, director of Parks and Recreation. In addition to the main treehouse-style play component, the playground features “Zero-G” swings that enable users with special needs to swing alongside friends, “Impression Swings” for children and adults to swing facing one another, and a merry-go-round with a center section that allows a non-walking user to enjoy the ride. The cushioned artificial turf helps protect against falls.

The 1,000-square-foot splash pad area includes many water features and will operate on the same schedule as outdoor pools (Memorial Day through Labor Day). “The vision of this playground began in 2010, when we approached the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board about it,” said Rotary Club Past President Mike Medford. “To see it come to fruition today is truly a dream come true.” The City’s Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a $250,000 Local Parks and Recreation Fund Grant for the project from the state in 2015. The Rotary Club raised matching funds, and the City of Johnson City budgeted $250,000 as well. Ground was broken on Aug. 9, 2016.

While the playground has just opened, it is already award-winning. The project received the 2017 John S. Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award from the Tennessee Development District Association. The award was given on the basis of nomination by the First Tennessee Development District and is presented to local governments and other agencies for special contributions to the improvement of infrastructure and/or quality of life for their citizens.

Rotary Park Inclusive Playground and Splash Pad:

1001 N. Broadway St., Johnson City, TN
Playground open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, April 1-Oct. 31
Splash Pad open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day-Labor Day (weather permitting)


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