• Rotary Year: 2016-2017
  • Application Date: 5/31/2016
  • Club Name (Primary): Kingsport-Sunrise
  • Club Name 2: Kingsport-Downtown
  • Project Name: Kingsport Centennial Park
  • Project Total Cost: $5,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $2,500.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: As Kingsport TN celebrates its 100th birthday, Kingsport Rotary Sunrise and Kingsport Downtown Club would like to purchase a bench (the cost is $5000)- It will serve as a community gathering place and destination. Planned park elements will include a historic brick walkway that will circle the park, telling the story of modern Kingsport by decade. A water feature will enhance the park’s aesthetics as well as acting as a play feature the young and the young at heart. This water feature will be place centrally in the park and a stage will be constructed designed to serve a variety of venues. There will be an enlarged and enhanced train platform that will serve as an event place and railroad/train viewing area. Part of what makes Centennial Park unique is its role as an anchor linking downtown to the former General Shale property, which is currently home to the Brickyard Park Softball Complex. The objectives of economic development bringing home buyers, businesses, and retirees will increase municipal revenue. Community engagement is the process of working collaboratively with individuals and groups to achieve specific goals. For parks and open spaces, community engagement allows mayors and public officials to directly involve their constituencies in the ongoing design, planning and management of these resources. This process results in informed and engaged residents that feel better connected to their communities. While sometimes contentious, but more often productive and rewarding, community engagement is an essential ingredient of making successful urban open space. Arts and culture strategies help to reveal and enhance the underlying identity — the unique meaning, value, and character — of the physical and social form of a community
  • Expected Start Date: 9/1/2016
  • Expected End Date: 4/30/2017
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 50000
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Children and adults in Kingsport and the surrounding communities that may not have an opportunity to go on vacation due to income restrictions will benefit from the no cost opportunities that will be presented in the Centennial Park. The health concerns for our children and those that are less fortunate monetarily can and will benefit from The Centennial Park. There will be opportunities to walk and play which will encourage physical activity. It will be a safe place for families to bring their children and loved ones to attend no cost events such as concerts and art exhibits. These are often costly events, but The Centennial Park will meet those needs by offering free events such as concerts, art exhibitions, and opportunities to learn about the history of Kingsport. As Kingsport continues to thrive, The Centennial Park will offer many opportunities for the entire community to become a family where people of all socio economic backgrounds can come together as One Kingsport
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 30
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarians will be directly involved in the preparation and clean-up of the proposed area for The Centennial Park as well as putting together the bench that we are proposing to purchase for The Centennial Park. There will be on-going needs from the city to help maintain the area through the years
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat will be publicized through the project. There will be a plaque in The Centennial Park which will depict Kingsport Rotary Sunrise Club and Kingsport Downtown Club
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: None
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Kingsport Centennial Park.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.The bench we propose to purchase is $5000- we have funds raised currently totaling $1750
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadKingsport Rotary Sunrise Club has designated $1000
    Kingsport Rotary Downtown Club has designated $750
    Each club will work towards raising the remaining amount of $750 by personal donation
  • Primary Contact Name: Becky Rockwell
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President
  • Primary Contact Email: brockwell@benchmark.us
  • Primary Contact Phone: 4232921766
  • Financial Contact Name: Billy Gillliam
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    217 E New St
    Kingsport, TN 37660
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  • Financial Contact Email: bgilliam@becpas.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 4232920274
  • Project Authorization Form: Kingsport Centennial Park.pdf