Playground equipment installed at Borden Park

Matthew Lane • Apr 15, 2019 at 3:26 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport is all about playgrounds it seems. New swings, slides and climbers can now be found at Carousel Park and Borden Park, and more fun is on its way to the Lynn View Community Center.

Kids are sure to be happy.

Two years ago, Kingsport received a $450,000 Project Diabetes grant from the Tennessee Department of Health for improvements at Borden Park. The city pitched in another $550,000, and as a result, Borden got new playground equipment, a paved and expanded walking trail, a resurfaced basketball court and open plaza near Lamont Street.

These improvements were done in three phases, with the last phase of playground equipment recently going in at Borden — one tree house-style platform near Lamont Street — and additional equipment near the tennis courts – green and tan climbers and spinners, a set of swings and some musical instruments.


Kingsport recently applied for a similar TDH grant for improvements at the Lynn View Community Center. It too would be for $450,000, payable over the next three years beginning in July.

Robin DiMona, the assistant manager of the Parks and Recreation Department, said Kingsport should hear something about the grant by April 26.

“It’s not a done deal but we’d like to pattern it after what we did at Borden and improve the outdoors spaces at Lynn View, which it really needs,” DiMona said. 

The city purchased the old Lynn View High School a decade ago and since then has made a number of improvements to the facility. But most of the upgrades were made to the actual building, not to the outdoor spaces at Lynn View.

Last fall, the old concrete grandstand was demolished and new bleachers are soon to be installed. If Kingsport receives this grant, it will kick off three years of improvements to the outdoor spaces beginning this summer, which would include new playground equipment.

“The community doesn’t have a playground, so we’d be adding that. We want to redo the walking track, make it accessible and safe. And we’d like to add an outdoor basketball court,” DiMona said.

The first phase would be the walking track, the second year the playground (located where the old equipment used to be) and the third year would be the basketball court. Since the playground would be ADA accessible, some parking realignment would also have to take place.

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