The newly created Sevierville Parks and Recreation Foundation will hold its first meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Sevierville Golf Club, 1444 Old Knoxville Highway. The meeting is open to the public. At the meeting, Donald Ortale-Executive Director of the National Association of Park Foundations will discuss anticipated roles and responsibilities for foundation members. Mr. Ortale is also expected to offer some ideas and examples of how other communities have operated successful park foundations.
The Sevierville Mayor and Board of Alderman approved foundation members earlier this month. The foundation was recommended as part of the Parks and Recreation Master plan which was completed in 2018.
The foundation members are J.B. Ball, Vice Mayor Devin Koester, Betty Ogle, Jaclyn Kile, Bryan Atchley, Jr., Lori Blalock and Brent Blalock.
The foundation will focus on charitable and educational objectives on behalf of the Parks and Recreation Department and City. As an IRS 501 (c)(3) entity, the foundation will:
• Seek federal, state, municipal, public, and private support and leverage such support to supplement the efforts of the Parks & Recreation Department of the City of Sevierville, Tennessee to beautify and maintain greenways, blueways, arboretums, parkland, and related public spaces, encourage physical fitness, and provide after-school and summer programming for area youth; and
• Encourage and strengthen a consortium of public and private sector entities and individuals throughout the Sevierville community and leverage their collective assets towards the common community benefits of maximizing the use of public spaces and amenities in order to encourage healthy, active lifestyles and beautification of the abundant natural recreational resources of the Sevierville community.