Monday, May 25, 2020
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Opening Delayed For Garrison Park In Crossville

The City of Crossville has delayed the opening of Garrison Park.

City Manager Greg Wood said a small glitch occurred during the state’s inspection of park facilities on Tuesday.

“We have to comply with ADA requirements, which require no more than five pounds of pressure to open a door,” Wood said. “We’ve got a door that’s sticking, so we may end up having to replace that whole door before we open the park. Hopefully we will get that squared away within the next week or two and we can get it open.”

The city began the $1 million project last year. Wood said new amenities include a state-of-the-art playground and splash pad.

“The water feature itself is about a $345,000 endeavor,” Wood said. “It doesn’t look that when you look at it from the outside, but if you go into the equipment room you can tell that it’s a pretty complicated undertaking. I think in the long-run it’s going to be well worth it.”

A $500,000 state grant helped fund part of the project. Funding was also provided by several community organizations and businesses.

Wood said more amenities will be added to the park over the next few years.

“We’ve gone with a concept called inclusive play, which meets the needs of anybody with physical or mental limitations, so we want to do some musical type instruments out there and other things” Wood said. “We also need to get some shade out there, but the money wasn’t in the budget.”

Wood said the city had hoped to have a soft-opening for the park during the Fourth of July holiday. A planned opening for Tuesday was pushed back after the state declined to sign off on the inspection.