City to hold public meeting on future of Fort Kid playground

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The City of Knoxville will hold a public hearing March 12 on its plans for the Fort Kid playground.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Museum of Art, which is across the street from the Fort Kid site.

“I am a huge supporter of our local parks and Fort Kid has been an asset in our community,” Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon said in a press release. “My family has treasured photos of our children at Fort Kid and I want to ensure that future generations have the same opportunity to make memories in that same location.

“It is unfortunate that the current structure must be dismantled, but we are committed to rebuilding and enhancing connectivity to the neighboring Knoxville Museum of Art.”

City officials will update residents on the future of the park at the meeting and get feedback about memories of the site, what they like about the current play facilities and what they would like to see in a future Fort Kid, according to a news release from the City of Knoxville.

Fort Kid was built nearly three decades ago by volunteers and had repairs and renovations in 2014. The facility was closed in late 2018 due to safety concerns but was reopened in May 2019.

A citizens group has been working to keep the park and has expressed anxiety about the facility’s future.

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