Time to play hard at Borden Park

Matthew Lane • Jun 5, 2018 at 8:48 AM

KINGSPORT – The new playground equipment at Borden Park has been fully installed and is ready for action.

The playground can be found on the Lamont Street side of the park and is comprised of three main sections – a tree-house-style structure, a row of swings and a Tri-Runner swing. Cost of the equipment was $118,000.

- The tree-house-style structure has multiple slides, poles, climbers and a rock wall. Adjacent to it — and connected via an overhead ladder — is a cluster of climbers presenting a higher level of challenge for kids.

- In the middle of the playground are eight swings (one ADA compliant).

- Finally, on the far end is the Tri-Runner swing — basically a three-person, maypole-type swing.

Kids are able to travel across both main structures without touching the ground. And though several old pieces of playground equipment have been removed, some of the orange and blue pieces, such as a climber, a set of swings and a slide structure, remain nearby for kids to enjoy as well.

About the park

Borden Park is one of the original parks from the Nolen plan, which was used to design Kingsport, and was built as the ideal buffer between the industrial zone and the residential area.

It’s located between Lamont, Willow and Borden streets and includes a basketball court, six tennis courts, picnic shelters, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a paved walking trail, 65 different species of trees and an 18-hole disc golf course.

Recent enhancements

This past fall, Kingsport cut the ribbon on the first of three rounds of improvements, which included a newly paved and expanded walking trail, a resurfaced basketball court and an open plaza for gatherings and exercise classes.

Funding for these — and future improvements — was made possible through a $450,000 Project Diabetes grant from the Tennessee Department of Health along with $550,000 from the city.

Kingsport also replaced the 20-year-old disc golf baskets, and the Rotary Club of Kingsport agreed to replace two old shelters. The park will also get some additional playground equipment in 2019 through a third round of funding from the state grant.

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