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Day of Caring to be Held at Warriors’ Path State Park Nov. 1

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 04:51am

Volunteer Effort to Assist with Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground

Kingsport, Tenn. – Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground will be closed Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. for a Day of Caring at Warriors’ Path State Park. The volunteer effort is organized by the Friends of Warriors’ Path State Park, the Kingsport Lion’s Club and the Kiwanis Club of Kingsport.

In cooperation with a number of local businesses and community groups, this day has been designated to plant greenery, mulch, pressure wash all playground equipment, weed and clean up all areas of the playground.

While the park will not be closed to visitors on Nov. 1, access to the playground will be restricted from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. In the event of rain, the volunteer day will be rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8.

Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground is a popular weekend destination for families, so we wanted to get the word out early to visitors so that no special outings to the playground were planned on Nov. 1.

Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground is a place where children of all abilities can learn and play together. The first phase of Darrell’s Dream Boundless Playground opened at Warriors’ Path in April 2007. In 2012, phase four, the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater, was completed and is now open for public use with advance reservations. The playground complex includes a variety of outdoor recreation experiences for children of all abilities. Warriors’ Path was the first state park in the nation to provide a Boundless Playground for visitors. The playground complex includes an area for children ages two to five, along with a playground area for children ages five to 12, a sand island and the a-“MAZE”-ing interactive area. In addition, there is an eight-station interactive Braille Trail, with the theme of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Last, but not least, there is a fully accessible tree house where children can learn about the history of Warriors’ Path State Park and the native wildlife that live there.

For more information and to make reservations for the Palmer Center Foundation Amphitheater, contact Suzanne or Pam at 423-239-8531. Groups are encouraged to make reservations to visit the playground to prevent overcrowding.

Neighbors, churches and youth groups are invited to volunteer and join in the cause to make the community a better place and to make Warriors’ Path State Park and Darrell’s Dream the best they can be. To find out more about each project, become a sponsor or volunteer, contact Mary Steadman at Mary.Steadman@MilesPartnership.com or 423-956-4330.

In addition to the Friends of Warriors’ Path State Park, other volunteers and sponsors include Alternative Correctional Services, Chefs Pizza, the city of Kingsport, Dobyns-Bennett and Sullivan South High School Key Clubs, Express Signs, Food City, Kiwanis Club of Kingsport, Lions Club of Kingsport, Lowe’s of Kingsport, Northeast Tennessee Master Gardeners, Tribal Members of the Remnant Yuchi Nation, Wal-Mart Super Centers and the United Way’s Young Leaders Society.

The Friends of Warriors’ Path is an organization that fosters conservation and educational efforts and assists the park staff in its efforts to better preserve and protect its existing facilities and resources. The group also supports the park staff in its work to provide quality recreational and interpretive experiences. This includes, but is not limited to, many natural, cultural and scenic features. For information about joining the Friends of Warriors’ Path, contact 423-323-4330 or Mary.Steadman@MilesPartnership.com.

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