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Day of Service to be held at Warriors Path State Park

Staff Report • Oct 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM

KINGSPORT — In case you missed the Day of Service at Warriors Path earlier this year, another one will be held later this month.

The event, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., is a volunteer cleanup effort that will focus on Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground. It is organized by Friends of Warriors Path State Park in partnership with Tennessee State Parks and several community groups.

Event details

During the Day of Service, volunteers will plant greenery, apply mulch, pull weeds and pressure wash all playground equipment. The park will remain open to visitors on Oct. 27, but access to the playground will be restricted during the cleanup period.

Three new benches near the playground area will also be formally dedicated in memory of community members who were part of the Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners and important supporters of Friends of Warriors Path State Park.

In the event of rain, the volunteer cleanup will be rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3.

The playground’s history

Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground is a place where children of all abilities can learn and play together. The first phase of the playground opened in April 2007. Phase four, the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater, was completed in 2012.

Recent improvements to the playground include replacing the rubberized surface and making the site accessible to all children and adults of all abilities.

Playground features

Warriors Path was the first state park in the nation to provide a boundless playground for visitors. The playground complex includes an area for ages 2-5, along with an area for ages 5-12, a sand island and an interactive maze.

In addition, there is an eight-station interactive Braille Trail, with the theme of C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Last, but not least, there is a fully accessible tree house where children can learn about the history of Warriors Path and the native wildlife that live there.

Supporters

In addition to Friends of Warriors Path State Park, other volunteers and sponsors of the event include Alternative Correctional Services, the city of Kingsport, MyCroft Signs, Chef’s Pizzeria, Kiwanis Club of Kingsport, Kingsport Jaycees, the Lions Club of Kingsport, Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners, Dobyns-Bennett and Sullivan South Key Club, Tribal Members of the Remnant Yuchi Nation, Sullivan Central High School and Walmart.

For more information

Contact Park Manager Sarah Leedy at (423) 239-8531 or sarah.leedy@tn.gov or Mary Steadman with Friends of Warriors Path State Park at (423) 956-4330 or mary.steadman@milespartnership.com.

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