City, Johnson City police to host a community celebration on October 16

This free event is a celebration of our community and will feature live music, inflatables, face painting, cornhole, and more.

Founders After 5
Founders After 5

JOHNSON CITY, TN – The City of Johnson City, Johnson City Police Department and Johnson City Community Roundtable invite citizens to Party in the Park from 1-5 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 16) at Founders Park, 225 S. Commerce St.

This free event is a celebration of our community and will feature live music, inflatables, face painting, cornhole, and more.

“We’ve seen such an outpouring of support that we wanted to say ‘thank you’ with an event that would celebrate, encourage, and build upon the positive relationships that we have with the community.” Police Chief Mark Sirois said.

Music will begin at the amphitheater at 1 p.m. with Jay Davis ( and, followed by DJ Trey and the UCF Dancers ( at 2 p.m., and  Kryss Dula & Friends ( and at 3 p.m.

The great lawn area of Founders Park will be filled with cornhole, hula hoops, flag football and inflatables for every age – even an obstacle course for adults.


At the Pavilion, attendees can purchase delicious fare from seven popular local food trucks – Backdraft BBQ, Haven Hut, Maria’s Authentic Mexican, Me & K’s, Mimi’s Cookies and Creamery, Noli and Rocky Top Road Grill.


“There’s going to be something for everyone to enjoy, and we hope that families will come out and get to know some of our officers on a personal basis,” Chief Sirois said. “One of the most remarkable things about this event is that much of it was facilitated by the community reaching out to us, wanting to help, asking what they could contribute. It really reinforces the fact that we are partners.”

Because of that partnership, the Community Roundtable was formed about two years ago. The group has met on a monthly basis with the mission of fostering positive relationships between the Johnson City Police Department and the community at-large through proactive initiatives that assist all parties in better communication, an understanding of the social obligations of the police and the community, and mutual respect for one another.

“Our Roundtable members have really gotten to know one another through open, honest discussion about issues that other communities across the country have faced,” said Chief Sirois. “Our motto is ‘Together We Are Stronger.’ We have a great community here that’s based on mutual respect, and the Roundtable thinks that’s worth celebrating.”

Party in the Park is made possible by the support of our sponsors: 50/Fifty Sports Tavern, BoomTown & Co., Mitzi Emig Photography, Signature Properties – Alan Anderson, and Truvie’s Salon

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