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Located on the west side of Kingsport, Borden Park is going through a transformation. Securing funding through the Project Diabetes grant and with contributions from the city, the park will receive $1 million dollars in improvements over the next three years.

The Project Diabetes is funded through a community grant from Tennessee Department of Health. Grants are awarded to community partners with goals of reducing overweight and obesity risk factors, both of which are areas of focus for Kingsport.

Through this grant, there is not a required match from the city. The total amount the city received for the park is $450,000.

The park will be updated in three phases. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in June. It includes:

  • Repaving basketball court and plaza
  • Repaving current trails
  • Creations of a new trail
  • Water refill station

Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2018. The first part of a children’s playground will be installed. Phase 3 is expected to be completed in 2019. Additional playground equipment will be installed.

Other park enhancements will be completed over the next few years. Those include renovated parking lots, picnic shelter replacement, renovated tennis courts, outdoor bathroom addition and addressing park drainage problems.

As part of the programming that goes along with the Project Diabetes grant, residents have the opportunity to attend a free preventative diabetes class at Borden Park. Every Monday in April starting at 6:00 p.m., the wellness class will begin with an informational presentation on how to prevent diabetes. After the presentation, attendees will have a chance to learn about and participate in a fun and healthy activity.

All residents are welcome to attend the class. Borden Park is located at 901 Lamont Street in Kingsport.

For more information, please call 423-224-2428.

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