Mayor Lane Curlee wants the community’s input on a proposed new park off Silver Street. Curlee has extended an invitation to the members of the community to offer their suggestions on how best to design a new public park planned for four acres off of Silver Street on the Eastern part of town.
The meeting will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the cafeteria of East Lincoln Elementary school, which is the closest elementary school to Silver Street. According to city officials, the meeting is an informal, come-and-go event, with no formal discussions or presentation from city leaders. City staff members will be available to gather ideas, discuss options and answer any resident questions about the new park.
In soliciting community feedback, Curlee hopes to be able to create a park that the entire community will love and enjoy for years to come.
“I am committed to helping Tullahoma be a healthy, fit community and supporting projects that create wellness opportunities accessible to all residents,” Curlee said. “With this project, we’re looking forward to providing a community space for play and recreation on Tullahoma’s east side.”
According to Curlee, the location of the park is beneficial in many ways, not the least of which is its strategic location.
“This location for the park was strategic because it provides an opportunity to build on the city’s goal to provide access to recreational opportunities within a half mile walk of every Tullahoma resident,” he said.
At the meeting, residents will be able to provide input on what they believe should be incorporated into the park.
“I’m excited to hear from the community about their vision for this new park,” said City Administrator Jennifer Moody. “I hope that residents of all ages will come out to participate in this neighbor meeting. This is an opportunity to give input into the design and features for the park.”
The Silver Street park area is located between Silver and Freeman streets.
“Tullahoma has an incredible opportunity to begin transforming the Silver Street area with a park for our residents with the amenities they like,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Kurt Glick. “It’s important to work with the community and ensure that the final planned park fits in with the needs of that neighborhood.”
Funds for the upcoming park were given to the city through a grant from the Tennessee Department of Health. The Access to Health through Healthy Active Built Environment grant is funding the project so that the city can plan, develop and construct the “fitness park,” according to city officials.
East Lincoln Elementary School is located at 700 E. Lincoln St.