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Town of Dandridge

The Town of Dandridge is applying for Local Park and Recreation Funds (LPRF) in the amount of $500,000. The grant requires a local match of 50%, which brings the total project cost to $1 million. Included within the scope is a playground, pickleball courts, restroom building, etc. The scope of the grant application was prepared by referencing the needs within the Town’s Park and Recreation Master Plan. Please see the slides below for more information.

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We would love to see a playground with more inclusivity for every ability & age - much like Jolley Park in Morristown. Excited to see more recreational fun coming for Dandridge residents!

I wouldn’t …especially if I’m going to be paying higher property taxes. Find a private donor for the half a million ….we are tapped and taxed out.

1. The folks on Peck Lane aren’t gonna love this. Pickleball courts should be a decent standoff away from residential areas due to the noise. 2. No outdoor basketball courts, but we can make funds available for pickleball courts…why is that? 3. I don’t see anything here about lighting the back fields. Fields 5 and 6 absolutely need lights. 4. Fix the seating around fields 1-4. Bleachers are a bit beat up. Will there be a public meeting to address any of this? I’d be interested in seeing the site plan with available options.

I hope whatever is done … they make it “ Pet Friendly “ I am sure I am not the only one wishing for this request !

Any and all expansions of recreational facilities would be great. The activity center is so well used and these additions would be great!

Our babies would be so happy to have such a nice park. Please consider a splash pad addition if possible.

Can we also include a dog park in there??

The addition of recreational activities is always great! As someone whose family enjoys playing tennis, it would be nice to have courts available. However, if the interest or funding isn’t available, we will continue to travel to neighboring towns.

I like the idea but DO NOT want to pay higher property taxes. Where does the local match come from?

Parking is definitely a problem and no seating at the baseball fields 5 & 6.

How about a dog park?

Thankyou! Maybe a smaller playground to free up dollars in the budget and use funds for a splash pad and a basketball area. I love the idea of improvements and additions to community areas. Kids of all ages and abilities need places to play.

I think the idea is good; however, the location is problematic. During baseball/softball season(s) especially, the grassy area is always full with overflow parking. Parking is limited in the gravel lot and already an issue in and of itself especially with more/bigger/overlapping program offerings being offered. It appears This plan will make the parking issues even worse. Is there a plan for additional parking other than the ADA spaces for the proposed new addition?

What happened to putting in a park with walking/hiking trails and biking trails and picnic areas and more on the land the town owns to the right of the bridge on the lake? That would be awesome 🤩

One thing important understand. The people who play pickle ball. Mostly older adults. Aren’t going to want to play outside!!!!! That’s 100 percent correct. They want to play in the air conditioning and heated building.

A greenway for walking

Agree with nice park and splash pad! While removing the sandbox area. I agree with most previous comments on the parking situation as well.

What happened to the park that was supposed to be to go behind the health department and rescue squad buildings and behind The bank. I thought that land was given to the town to put a park or walking track.

I heard a few years ago that there was a grant for a splash pad but it was lost. Will the splash pad be included in this project as well?

Fields 5-6 need lights and seating. They’re sort of incomplete. The areas shaded are full of overflow parking during baseball season. Basketball season also gets extremely busy and it becomes hard to find a place to park. I don’t see this getting any better with the influx of population unless the parking situation is controlled via painted parking spots. The area where the walking track begins beyond the tee ball field fence could be utilized better. The batting cages have 6-7 foot long holes in the top of the netting that makes the side adjacent to the top field unusable for live batting practice. The pitching machines in each cage aren’t utilized. The fencing at the backstop of the top field is peeling up and allowing passed balls to become unplayable. I’m all for improving the community but we also need to fix what is already there.

Being a snowbird, I can attest to the fact that in Florida, people of ALL ages are now playing pickleball, both indoors and yes, even outdoors, too. The game has and continues to become more popular every year. So much so in fact, that in many towns, outdoor tennis courts have been converted into pickleball courts. Dandridge folks of all ages would greatly benefit from new pickleball courts and I have never heard any excessive noise emanating from the courts either before, during and after a game, that would disturb anyone residing nearby.

Splash pad or pool would be nice. Maybe not in that location. Makes more sense to convert that to parking and find a spot away from someone’s backyard for the expansion

Can you add a splash pad?

Just looked at the picture of the proposed site and that WOULD be awful for the residents on Peck Lane! The space is right in their back yard. The only compromise would be building another facility on that site similar to what is at the field of Dreams already and “contain” noise and activity that way. Repairs and lighting to existing facilities seems a popular way forward

That's a lot of money for a playground.

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Waterfront Plan

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For more information on the plans to promote new opportunity for Douglas Lake in Town, view the Dandridge Waterfront Master Plan.   Highlights include: Phase 1: New Public Dock on TWRA Property (proposed years

VISITORS

Dandridge Tennessee Visitors

DOUGLAS LAKE

Visitors to Dandridge are always impressed with the historic preservation and the quaintness of the town. Restaurants and shops line the downtown streets and the lake makes recreation a viable option for family vacations. Guided walking tours of the historic district can be arranged for groups by contacting the Visitor’s Center at (865) 397-7420 ext. 119 or 865-484-9500.

EVENTS

The annual Music on the Town concert series is held on Thursday nights beginning in September.  Each year we strive to provide the best entertainment groups around to this concert series for Free, just bring your lawn chair!  The concerts are held behind Town Hall at our Performance Pavilion or in at the Field of Dreams Activity Center in case of rain.  Visit our website at www.musiconthetown.com or follow us on Facebook for all the latest information.

HISTORY

Dandridge Tennessee History

DOWNTOWN

Dandridge was founded around 1783 when the settlers came across the Appalachian Mountains moving west. It remained a quaint agriculture setting due to the fertile lands along the French Broad River. When TVA began construction of Douglas Dam to generate electrical power, many of these farms are now covered by the waters of the Douglas Lake Reservoir. The Town of Dandridge would not be in existence today were it not for a group of citizens who went to Washington, DC and lobbied for a stone and earth dike to keep the waters of the reservoir from flooding the town.

COMMERCE

Dandridge Tennessee Commerce

DANDRIDGE GROWTH

Being a short drive from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Knoxville and the University of Tennessee, Dandridge offers lodging, food and shopping to those who want to avoid the daily crowds. Situated only two miles from the intersection of I-40 and I-81, Dandridge is a prime destination for anyone visiting the Smoky Mountains and who would want to see and tour Bush Brother’s, the largest producer of baked beans in the world, located approximately 10 miles south of the town.