Ground breaking ceremony held for new Centennial Park in Kingsport

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Ground was broken Wednesday for a very special park coming to downtown Kingsport. City leaders and members of the community gathered along West Main St. to “turn some dirt” on the future location of Centennial Park.

In 2017, the City of Kingsport is marking its100th anniversary and Centennial Park will be a key location for events celebrating the city’s anniversary. This project was started more than two years ago.

“The Centennial Commission charged us to come up with something that would be a legacy for our city.,” Centennial Park Committee Chair Brenda White-Wright said, “After many months of research and development, our committee came up with the idea to have a Centennial Park and so we spent several months of research, looking all over the city for the best place to have a park and we decided on this downtown location.”

Total budget for the park is around $2.2 million and is a joint partnership between the City of Kingsport, Kingsport Community Foundation and the East Tennessee foundation. The Kingsport Community Foundation presented a check for $1 million to Kingsport Mayor John Clark.

But officials are continuing to raise money for the park.

“There is no way we could have done this program without the partnership with the city, and the citizens of Kpt., who have contributed $5, $25, $1,500 and more to make this project a reality, however, we do want to emphasize that it is to be financially feasible and sustainable, so we want people to go to our website and see how they too can be a financial supporter for the park.”, White-Wright said.

Construction is expected to take around 8 months, depending on how the weather is this winter. They are hoping to complete the park in time for Kingsport’s signature event in 2017.

“We hope that by the time FunFest rolls around in 2017, this park will be ready to go.”, White-Wright said.

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