Kingsport plans to commemorate centennial year with new park

It may be more than a year away, but the City of Kingsport is already preparing for their centennial celebration slated for 2017.

Part of the year long celebration for the model city’s 100th birthday will be commemorated with a new park.

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City leaders say the project is driven by community input and support and they hope it will tell a story of the city’s history.

The park will be located off Main and Cherokee street downtown.

Assistant City Manager, Chris McCartt, tells us design plans are set to be approved at Tuesday night’s Board of Mayor and Alderman meeting.

“We will have a water feature, it will have a history walk that will go all the way back to 1917 coming forward, so it will have different elements of our history that will be part of that walk. There will be a stage area so that we can either have music, or a kickoff for a road race,” said McCartt.

McCartt also says the City of Kingsport has contributed $350,000 upfront, and the rest will be raised by the community.

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“More than likely this project will be presented in several different phases, and ultimately what we build is going to be determined on how much money is going to be raised by the community,” said McCartt.

Fundraising efforts should start early next year.

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