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JC Transit offering Free Ride Week June 19th-24th

Johnson City Transit is offering citizens a chance to ride public transportation for FREE June 19th-24th. All fixed-route fares will be waived from 6:15 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Visit www.jctmyride.com or www.johnsoncitytransit.org to view routes or plan your trip with Google Trip Planner.

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, June 22, 7-9 p.m. – Asylum Suite
• Thursday, June 29, 7-9 p.m. – Beach Nite Band
• Thursday, July 6, 7-9 p.m. – Model City Wrecking Crew
• Thursday, July 13, 7-9 p.m. – Jerry Pierce & The Nightlife Band
• 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.

32nd Annual Pepsi Independence Day Celebration

Tuesday, July 4th - Fireworks begin at 9:55pm

Pepsi Beverages Company of Johnson City and the City of Johnson City will sponsor the 32nd Annual Independence Day Fireworks Celebration on the grounds of Freedom Hall Civic Center on Tuesday, July 4th.

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities. Since several thousand people attend the event each year, an early arrival is strongly encouraged. There will not be a rain date for this event. The fireworks time could be delayed if there is inclement weather that evening. Visitors may be moved inside the Freedom Hall arena temporarily in the event of severe weather.

Come early and browse through our craft vendors, taste some great food from area restaurants and civic organizations and enjoy this year's entertainment. For more information and schedule of events, click

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)

JC Parks to offer Teen Summer Camps

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will offer the following Teen Camps this year during their summer program.

Teen Adventure Quest Camp Winged Deer Park (Robert Young Cabin) – July 17-21: Ages: 13-17. Camp Fee: $60/camper. Camp hours: 9 am – 4 pm. For an unforgettable experience, a real accomplishment, and something to be proud of this year; campers can tour a rock quarry and fish hatchery, build survival shelters, explore a cave, hike, swim, go river rafting, and even more surprises are in store. Additional minor usage fees may apply. Field trips daily and 2-meals are included in the camp fee. Camp is sponsored by Mountain River Guides powered by USA Raft.

Teen Volunteer Camp Memorial Park Community Center – July 17-21: Ages 14-17. Camp Fee: $35/camper. Camp hours: 8 am drop off (8:30 departure from Memorial Park Community Center 4:30 pm pick-up). Looking to get some volunteer work done this summer? Join our first ever Teen Volunteer Camp! Campers will travel all over Johnson City lending a helping hand to make our community a better place. Some of our volunteer sites include Second Harvest Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, and more! Campers will earn 40-hours of volunteer work experience as well as a valuable and exciting experience. Campers should dress for comfort and prepare to get their hands dirty.

Registration is available online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at the following locations: Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert Street, or Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway. Walk-in registrants must bring a copy of their child’s birth certificate.


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