Spring Into Parks event successful

photo courtesy of Cassi Pearson

Thrive Knoxville’s annual Spring Into Parks event proved to be a success, with 42 volunteers stepping up to clean around town and dedicate the newest family fun space, Panther Park.

Cassi Pearson with Thrive tells the Tribune that a team of 12 went to Auld and Young’s Parks to rake leaves and otherwise clean up. There was much less trash collected at the parks this year, when compared to last.

After 90 minutes at those parks, everyone gathered at the new Panther Park, located on the site of the old junior high building next to the school administration office on Main. There, volunteers built planter boxes, planted flowers, set up a new sign and otherwise landscaped what should be a new home for activities. A separate team of volunteers built wooden benches, with more coming soon.

“It was very successful,” Pearson said. “We are pleased with the accomplishments and thankful for all of the great volunteers who came out to be a part of the day.”

Pearson also wants to thank Hy-Vee, who donated lunch; Rotary, who grilled hot dogs; Iowa Contracting, Inc., who donated labor for the concrete pad at Panther Park; Cox’s greenhouse, who provided the flowers for the landscape; Knoxville Heritage Community Foundation and Wellmark Healthy Hometown for grants that paid for materials; KHS industrial tech for the new sign; Weiler for finishing the sign and the new fire pit; the Well for tools and equipment; and Eric and Bridget Mohler for their assistance with the plants. Carson Shinn designed the Panther Park sign as well.

Thrive’s next big event is the July 4 celebration. A committee, led by Aaron Adams, has been meeting regularly to plan the Independence Day festivities.