Fountain City Park could receive $5,000 donation from Parks and

Fountain City Park could receive $5,000 donation from Parks and Rec Department

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A $5,000 check could be signed, sealed and delivered to help the Fountain City Park in the very near future. A $5,000 check could be signed, sealed and delivered to help the Fountain City Park in the very near future.

By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A $5,000 check could be signed, sealed and delivered to help the Fountain City Park in the very near future. Tuesday night city leaders discussing the possibility at their council meeting.

If this donation gets the green light from city leaders the Lions Club, which manages Fountain City Park and Lake, will use that money just for up-keep of the park. But overall the group says it would be a big help.

Mowing this popular park in Fountain City isn't cheap, though help may be on the horizon to the tune of $5,000.

"To a group like the Lions Club, who don't have a lot of income sources, this is a major help. In fact, it's integral in the annual maintenance," said member Mark Campen.

A check that would be coming from Knoxville's Parks and Rec Department and it wouldn't be the first time.

"We're always glad to try and make sure that they're in good financial situation," said Parks and Rec Director Joe Walsh.

City leaders approved this donation on the first reading Tuesday night. While there wasn't a final vote there are plans on how to use this money.

"Towards the mowing of the park and the maintenance. If the grounds crew does some pruning and cleaning of the grounds," added Campen.

But what about Fountain City Lake? Back in September one visitor said, "It needs a lot of love for the safety of the ducks."

No need to worry though, wheels are already in motion.

"A proposal in the upcoming city's budget hoping to get some funding to allow us to make some necessary improvements to Fountain City Lake which will bring it up to a higher standard," said Walsh.

When it comes to repairs of Fountain City Lake the Lions Club wants to make long term repairs including a better filtration system along with using environmentally safe chemicals.

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