Parks and Recreation News

July 20, 2021

MPCC seeks professional guitar instructor

July 20, 2021

MPCC seeks professional guitar instructor

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., looking for a professional instructor to teach beginning guitar lessons to children and adults.

Class times have not been determined. Afternoon and evening instruction preferred.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

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July 19, 2021

Southern Rebellion hits Lakeside Concert Series

July 19, 2021

Southern Rebellion hits Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series features the rambunctious and musically stout Southern Rebellion at the Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, July 22.

The increasingly popular Tri-Cities group is a rowdy, loud and proud country and Southern rock group focused on creating original music that combines the crowd-pleasing, high-energy sound of rock and roll with the sincerity and twang of old-fashioned country music.

The five-member group emerged in 2012 after playing and having a good time in front of less than a dozen people at small gigs. Since that time, they have continued to expand their fan base and refine their unique sound.

Southern Rebellion has a strong, loyal following worldwide and impressive sales in Europe. They also can be heard on most U.S. radio stations. The band recorded their first EP titled “Southern Man” at The Sound Asylum in Boones Creek.

The free Lakeside Concert Series offers a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. Nashville’s Good Rockin’ Tonight will round out this year’s series on Thursday, July 29.

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by the News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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July 16, 2021

MPCC seeks certified Zumba instructor

July 16, 2021

MPCC seeks certified Zumba instructor

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is looking for a certified Zumba instructor to lead classes for those 16 and older. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday nights on a weekly basis. Class times to be determined. This is a contractual program.

For more information, please call 423-434-5758.

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July 15, 2021

Senior Services offers Delay the Disease for those with Parkinson's

July 15, 2021

Senior Services offers Delay the Disease for those with Parkinson’s

Senior Services, Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will hold an orientation for the Parkinson’s exercise program Delay the Disease on Tuesday, July 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Orientation is required for new participants to determine initial functional ability. Participants must be able to walk independently or with a cane, get out of a chair, and get up and down from the floor independently or with minimal help. Participants must be a low fall risk (less than two times per month), be able to understand instructions and complete tasks if asked.

This 12-session evidence-based exercise program is designed specifically to empower people with Parkinson’s to take control of the disease and help delay the progression of symptoms. Exercises are aimed at promoting greater mobility, improved balance, flexibility, strength, independence and hope.

Cost is $48 for 12 sessions, $24 for repeat participants. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. starting Tuesday, Aug. 3. Must be 18 or older.

Please register for the orientation by calling 423-434-6237.

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July 06, 2021

Senior Services offers Coffee & Conversation for Grandfamilies

July 6, 2021

Senior Services offers Coffee & Conversation for Grandfamilies

Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., is providing a free program designed for people raising a grandchild or other family member.

The program, open to ages 18 and older, will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on the second Monday of each month beginning Monday, July 12. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences, receive useful information, learn caregiving and child-rearing tips, and obtain emotional support during Coffee & Conversations for Grandfamilies: Grandparents and Relatives Raising Relative Children.

Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237.

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July 06, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series features CrossRoad Band

July 6, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series features CrossRoad Band

The Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater features Tri-Cities veteran musicians CrossRoad Band on Thursday, July 8.

CrossRoad Band plays a variety of great music, including country, Southern rock and old time rock and roll. All five members have been involved in music for 40-50 years, and each shares duties on vocals. The band has played most venues in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas, and members say they look forward to being at Winged Deer Park again this year.

The free Lakeside Concert Series offers a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheater, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City.

Don’t miss these diverse, entertaining musicians scheduled through July:

  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

 

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by the News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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July 01, 2021

Johnson City community centers return to normal programming July 1

July 1, 2021

Johnson City community centers return to normal programming July 1
Senior programming to expand Aug. 1

Memorial Park Community Center, Carver Recreation Center, and Langston Centre will resume normal programming starting Thursday, July 1. Senior programming at MPCC will expand Aug. 1.

The community centers will be open the following days and hours:

Memorial Park Community Center
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday, Closed

Carver Recreation Center
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, Dependent on programming
Sunday, Closed

Langston Centre
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Saturday, Dependent on programming
Sunday, Closed

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June 22, 2021

Senior Services offers Level 1 French

June 22, 2021

Senior Services offers Level 1 French

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites people 18 and older to participate in an eight-session, beginner level French class with instructor Lise Spaller.

There is no charge for this course. The sessions will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, July 7-Aug 25.

Register in person at MPCC or by calling 423-434-6237 by Wednesday, July 7.

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June 21, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series hosts Samantha Gray Band

June 22, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series hosts Samantha Gray Band

The Lakeside Concert Series at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater features the unabashedly bluesy Samantha Gray Band on Thursday, June 24.

Samantha Gray’s unique voice has been described as soulful, sultry and powerful. She melds her blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll influences into her own brand of blues music and is known for her retro style and high-energy, hip-shaking performances, which capture audiences.

Born and raised in the working-class town of Ypsilanti, Michigan, Gray began her creative journey at a very early age. Making her way to Nashville, then to Bristol, she sang backing vocals for jump blues band, Jive Deluxe and fronted former bands, The Detroit Specials and The Soul Providers with local guitarist, Jimmie D. 

She continues to sing and write blues and classic R&B songs, currently fronting the Samantha Gray Band with Billy Crawford on guitar, Robert McClain on bass and John Grayson on drums. Gray released her first album, “Bad Girl Now,” in 2010 and her second album, “Live From Lee Theatre,” in 2018. 

The free Lakeside Concert Series offers a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There are two exceptions this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by the News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 18, 2021

Senior Services offers informational session about joint replacement surgery

June 18, 2021

Senior Services offers informational session about joint replacement surgery

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will update those 18 and older on the latest information about hip, knee, shoulder and ankle replacement from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, June 30.

The free session will be led by Johnson City Medical Center’s Orthopedic Services Director Misty Jenkins, RN, MSN, ONC. She will review what patients should expect before and after surgery as well as practical information to assist in recovery.

Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.

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June 14, 2021

Kids Our Age to perform at 2021 Lakeside Concert Series

June 14, 2021

Kids Our Age to perform at 2021 Lakeside Concert Series

The Lakeside Concert Series rolls on at the park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, June 17 with local favorite Kids Our Age.

Kids Our Age is a three-man power trio formed in 1989. They have performed in East Tennessee and beyond employing a wide variety of musical styles that has helped them entertain audiences of all ages throughout the years.

The group consists of James Lane (keyboards and vocals), Jim Philyaw (drums and percussion), and David Riggs (vocals and bass guitar). They have a wide musical palette of styles from which to choose, ranging from rock, jazz, country, beach music and on occasion their original tunes.

The free Lakeside Concert Series offers a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There are two exceptions this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 17 — Kids Our Age
  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

 

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by the News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 10, 2021

Powell Square Park bathrooms closed for repairs

June 10, 2021

Powell Square Park bathrooms closed for repairs

The bathrooms at Powell Square Park, 201 W. Poplar St., will be closed for repairs until further notice. The park remains open to the public.

For more information, please call 423-283-5815.

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June 08, 2021

Portion of disc golf course pedestrian path to temporarily close tomorrow

June 8, 2021

Portion of disc golf course pedestrian path to temporarily close tomorrow

The Winged Deer Park Disc Golf Course pedestrian path between the lower goal for Hole 8 and tee for Hole 9 will be closed tomorrow (June 9) from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. while a drainage tile is installed.

Visitors can use an alternate route between the upper goal for Hole 8 and tee for Hole 9.

For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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June 07, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising

June 7, 2021

Lakeside Concert Series to feature Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising

The Lakeside Concert Series continues Thursday, June 10 at Winged Deer Park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater with Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising. Their song “When You Reach for Me” was a finalist in the 2020 World Songwriting Awards “Best Modern Country Song” category.

The band’s roots are in Mountain City, Tenn., and each member is from different areas of East Tennessee. Band members say music speaks to each of them in different ways, and each unique relationship between them brings a different dynamic creating a fun, harmonic, upbeat sound that the band strives to bring to each show.

The free Lakeside Concert Series offers a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There are two exceptions this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 10 — Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising
  • Thursday, June 17 — Kids Our Age
  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by the News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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June 03, 2021

Senior Services hosts two in-person Hump Day gatherings

June 3, 2021

Senior Services hosts two in-person Hump Day gatherings

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., invites those 50 and older to come together in person to enjoy laughter, trivia, brain games, inspiration and uplifting fun.

Each Wednesday during the past year, Senior Services has been sending out Hump Day emails filled with information and activity suggestions intended to lift the spirits of recipients. Now recipients are invited to come together in a small group to help lift their moods, work their brains and give support to one another.

Participants are invited to attend from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on either Wednesday, June 9 or Wednesday, June 23.

Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

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June 01, 2021

Senior Services offers Eat Smart & Move More series

June 1, 2021

Senior Services offers Eat Smart & Move More series

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer a series of classes aimed at motivating those 18 and older to eat healthy and be more active.

The free classes will be held from 11 a.m.-noon on Mondays, June 7 through Aug. 2, although no class will be held on July 5.

Classes will include delicious recipes, healthy cooking tips, money- and time-saving ideas, meal planning suggestions, and a focus on getting more fit. Attendees will receive a free cooking tool each week, plus ideas to make the most of fresh farmers market produce.

Please preregister by calling 423-434-6237.

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May 27, 2021

Carver Recreation Center splash pad dedicated, opening set for Friday

May 27, 2021

Carver Recreation Center splash pad dedicated, opening set for Friday

A state-of-the-art splash pad came to life Thursday at Carver Recreation Center to the delight of area children who romped through the 24 standing and ground features following a formal dedication.

Carver’s new attraction will officially open to the public at 10 a.m. Friday (May 28). The splash pad will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., seven days a week through Labor Day. The 3,800-square-foot splash pad is located at 322 W. Watauga Ave. on Carver’s east side in a green space between the pavilion and West Market Street. 

“One of the very first conversations that I had with Carver Supervisor Herb Greenlee when I became director was the need for a new playground and a splash pad,” said Johnson City Parks and Recreation Director James Ellis. “He had been talking about these for years.”

The playground became a reality in 2018 when the City of Johnson City was awarded a $200,000 grant through the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Local Parks and Recreation Fund. The City of Johnson City matched that amount to help fund the $400,000 splash pad, which was built by Murfreesboro’s Great Southern Recreation.

Carver Recreation Center is home to the City’s first recirculating splash pad system. The system conserves water by collecting it from the features and chemically treating it in a 2,000-gallon reservoir to ensure it is sanitized before pumping it back to the features. The recirculating system also increases water pressure, which allows it to power larger features like the bucket dump.      

Aquatics professionals from the Parks and Recreation team will ensure the chemical and pump systems are maintained according to state regulations. City staff are constructing an outdoor restroom facility to serve the splash pad, playground and outdoor pavilions.

Throughout Carver Recreation Center’s 62-plus years, it has offered an increasing number of youth programs, including robust sports and afterschool programs. The location is also home to several intergenerational and/or multicultural events each year and continues to focus its efforts on bringing the community together for fun, fellowship and service.

For more information on Carver Recreation Center, call 423-461-8830 or visit www.johnsoncitytn.org/carver.

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May 26, 2021

Learn about local natural habitats at Naturally Yours: Spring Into Summer

May 26, 2021

Learn about local natural habitats at Naturally Yours: Spring Into Summer

Senior Services at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., will offer Naturally Yours: Spring Into Summer, a program that will provide informative tidbits on Northeast Tennessee’s outdoor habitats, on Tuesday, June 1 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Parks and Recreation nature program coordinator Connie Deegan, who was recently named Conservation Educator of the Year by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, will lead the free presentation. 

The session is open to all ages.

Please call 423-434-6237 to preregister.    

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May 13, 2021

WyldeHeart kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

May 13, 2021

WyldeHeart kicks off Lakeside Concert Series

Winged Deer Park’s Lakeside Concert Series begins its 14th year of showcasing local, diverse musical talent at the park’s Lakefront Festival Plaza Goulding Amphitheater on Thursday, June 3, with WyldeHeart.    

The free concerts offer a mix of the area’s top talent at a venue known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs to relax on the grassy hillsides, or move and groove whenever the mood strikes. The location provides easy access, free parking, concessions, a playground and plenty of room for social distance.   

WyldeHeart formed in 2014 and is one of the region’s top party bands. Members Marques Puckett, DC Wolf, Ric Burns, Mike Eldrith and Richie Gray bring a high energy and fun show, which includes rock, pop, ‘80s and ‘90s, funk, country and rap.

They have headlined the Bristol Motor Speedway NASCAR Fan Zone, Clinch River Days Festival, Carolina Pushrod and the Roan Mountain Independence Day Festival. The band released their debut CD “WyldeHeart” in 2018 and you will hear several of originals during their fan-friendly and entertaining performance.

The concerts will be held 7-9 p.m. each Thursday through July 29 at Winged Deer Park’s Goulding Amphitheatre, 199 Carroll Creek Road, Johnson City. There are two exceptions this year. The Johnson City Symphony Orchestra will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 27 at the Winged Deer Park Festival Plaza, and there will be no concert on Thursday, July 1.

This year’s concert schedule is as follows:

  • Thursday, June 3 – WyldeHeart
  • Thursday, June 10 — Holly Ann & Dirt Road Rising
  • Thursday, June 17 — Kids Our Age
  • Thursday, June 24 — Samantha Gray Band
  • Sunday, June 27 — Johnson City Symphony Orchestra
  • Thursday, July 1 — NO CONCERT
  • Thursday, July 8 — CrossRoad Band
  • Thursday, July 15 — Beach Nite Band
  • Thursday, July 22 — Southern Rebellion
  • Thursday, July 29 — Good Rockin’ Tonight

 

The Lakeside Concert Series is presented by the News & Neighbor, 101.5 WQUT Tri-Cities Classic Rock, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information call 423-283-5827.

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April 12, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announces 2021 summer camps

April 12, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation announces 2021 summer camps
Pre-registration required, opens April 19

With 23 different camps designed to keep kids active, engaged and connected to their friends and community, children ages 6-12 won’t be bored this summer. A complete list of summer camps being offered by Johnson City Parks and Recreation can be found on the City website or the Parks and Rec Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/jcparkstn.

The following summer camps will have limited capacity due to social distancing requirements:

Jump-Start JC Camp and Carver Recreation Camp – 60
Biking Camps – 12
Sports/Specialty Camps – 25
Nature Camps – 28
Langston Centre Camps – 18

Johnson City Parks and Recreation will open camp registration Monday, April 19 at 8 a.m. Participants may register online at www.myjcparks.org or in person at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St.; Carver Recreation Center, 322 W. Watauga Ave.; or Winged Deer Park, 4137 Bristol Highway.

Each registrant must complete a registration form, and all fees must be paid in full before acceptance into camp. Refunds will not be issued after camp begins, except for doctor-approved medical reasons. 

For more information, please call 423-283-5820 or email jcparksinfo@johnsoncitytn.org.

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April 07, 2021

JC Parks offers 2021 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, tutorial classes

April 7, 2021

JC Parks offers 2021 iNaturalist City Nature Challenge, tutorial classes

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is offering an iNaturalist City Nature Challenge to encourage citizens to find and document plants and wildlife anywhere in Northeast Tennessee.

The City Nature Challenge will take place in two parts. From April 30-May 3 participants will take photos of plants and wildlife, noting their location, and upload the photos to the iNaturalist app or website at citynaturechallenge.org. From May 4-9 participants will identify the plants and wildlife in their photos using the website and phone app.   

Free 30-minute tutorial classes will be offered on how to use the iNaturalist app and how to upload photos. Participants are encouraged to download the iNaturalist app to their device before class.

Tutorial dates, times and locations: 

Friday, April 9 – 2 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road
Saturday, April 10 – 4 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road
Thursday, April 15 – 10 a.m., Pollinator Garden in front of Johnson City Public Library
Friday, April 16 – 10 a.m., Buffalo Mountain, Harris Pavilion
Friday, April 16 – 2 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road
Saturday, April 17 – 4 p.m., Jacob’s Nature Park at Sinking Creek, 1320 King Springs Road

For more information and to sign up, call 423-434-5757.

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April 06, 2021

Langston Centre to host City of Hope exhibit

April 6, 2021

Langston Centre to host City of Hope exhibit

The Langston Centre, 315 Elm St., will host the City of Hope: Resurrection City and the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign Poster Exhibition from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays Monday, April 12, through Friday, May 28.

The exhibition is free.

Following President Lyndon B. Johnson’s “war on poverty” in 1964, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – led by Drs. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy – declared poverty a national human rights issue. The organization planned the Poor People’s Campaign, which drew thousands of people to Washington D.C. who demanded social reforms for 43 days between May and June 1968.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service organized the poster exhibition to honor Dr. King’s daring vision for economic justice and opportunity for every U.S. citizen.

For more information, call the Langston Centre at 423-434-5785.

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March 29, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to reopen community centers April 12

March 29, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to reopen community centers April 12
Pre-registration required, opens April 5

City staff will begin a multi-phased approach to reopening Memorial Park Community Center, Carver Recreation Center, and Langston Centre starting Monday, April 12. The goal of the phased reopening, based on public health guidance, is to safely allow activities to resume while mitigating the risk of new COVID-19 cases.

Phase 1 of the plan limits the number of participants in each activity, requires pre-registration for all activities, and includes a mandatory screening process, including temperature check and verbal health questionnaire. Pre-registration begins Monday, April 5, and is required for all activities in the centers. Some amenities at the community centers may not be available.

Current programs and available amenities for each center can be found at http://bit.ly/JCPR_ReopenPlan. All patrons are encouraged to review the plan for current rules and restrictions.

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March 29, 2021

Parks and Recreation announces summer softball leagues; tennis, pickleball camps

March 29, 2021

 Parks and Recreation announces summer softball leagues; tennis, pickleball camps

Johnson City Parks and Recreation has announced registration dates for softball leagues (high school fast-pitch, adult fast-pitch, and adult slow-pitch) as well as camps for tennis and pickleball.

Summer High School and Adult Fast-Pitch Softball League

  • Registration: April 1-June 7
  • Cost: $250/team (10-game season plus end-of-season tournament)
  • Days: Monday-Thursday
  • Times: Evenings (TBD)
  • Location: Metro-Kiwanis Park
  • Play begins June 21
  • Ages: High school and adults

Adult Slow-Pitch League

  • Registration: Through April 10
  • Cost/entry fee: Men’s $400 (14-game season); Co-ed $300 (10-game season)
  • Location: Winged Deer Park
  • Play begins week of April 19

Summer Tennis Camp

  • Registration: Begins May 1
  • Camp: June 1-July 8
  • Cost: $50/person ($5 non-resident fee)
  • Days: Monday-Thursday each week
  • Times: 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Liberty Bell Tennis Courts
  • Ages: 4+

Summer Pickleball Camp

  • Registration: Begins May 1 (Registrations limited)
  • Camp: June 1-July 8
  • Cost: $50/person ($5 non-resident fee)
  • Days: Monday-Thursday each week
  • Times: 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. or 9:30-10:45 a.m.
  • Location: Memorial Park Community Center, four outdoor courts only
  • Ages: 4+

Register online at www.myjcparks.org. For more information, call 423-283-5822.

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March 19, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair March 25

March 19, 2021

Johnson City Parks and Recreation to hold job fair March 25

Parks and Recreation is holding a job fair from 4-6 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., on Thursday, March 25 in an effort to fill 20 temporary seasonal general grounds maintenance positions. Duties including mowing, weed-eating, mulching and ballfield preparation. Pay is $9 per hour.

Applicants must be at least 16 years old and should bring photocopies of a driver’s license and social security card. The job fair will be held in the MPCC gym which can be accessed using the recreation entrance to the building. Masks are required and screening measures will be in place.

Johnson City Parks and Recreation is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, call 423-283-5815.

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March 19, 2021

Parks and Recreation to offer four bluebell wildflower hikes

March 19, 2021

Parks and Recreation to offer four bluebell wildflower hikes

Winged Deer Park contains the largest collection of naturalized bluebell flowers in Northeast Tennessee, and they only bloom for a very short time. The bluebells will be the centerpiece of four, slow-paced strolls around the park’s “back forty,” where participants will also enjoy other park features.

Choose from these dates and times:

Friday, April 2, 6-7:15 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 10-11:15 a.m. or 1-2:15 p.m.
Monday, April 5, 10-11:15 a.m.
Tuesday, April 6, 10-11:15 a.m.

The hikes are free, and no registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. Meet at the Winged Deer Park disc golf parking lot (off Carroll Creek Road).

For more information, call 423-283-5821. 

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