Parks and Recreation News

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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