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Knox County Wins Three Major Awards at State Parks Conference

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 8, 2010) -- Knox County Parks and Recreation won three major awards at the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association annual conference in Murfreesboro this week. TRPA includes over 200 local parks agencies throughout the state.


The following Four Star Awards, the top honor given by the state organization, were presented to Knox County:


  • Tommy Schumpert Park for the New Facility award
  • Scarecrows in the Park for the Special Event award
  • Parks and Recreation Review, the department’s online newsletter, for the Marketing award

Tommy Schumpert Park is located in north Knox County and includes three multi-purpose fields, the home field for Central High School’s baseball team, a greenway, the county’s largest PetSafe Dog Park, and a concession and restroom facility. 

Scarecrows in the Park is a new event that coincides with the New Harvest Park Farmers Market. During October, hand made scarecrows are placed along the walking trail as a way to encourage exercise and promote attendance at the Farmers Market. Applications are now available for this year’s event at

Parks and Recreation Review, the department’s quarterly newsletter, is published online and found on the county’s website and Facebook page. Information reported includes sports schedules and results, park construction and development progress, special events, volunteer opportunities, and other seasonal information. To be included on the email list, please send a message to

Scarecrows in the Park also won the SEAM (Special Event, Arts, Marketing) Section award. Selected by professionals in the those areas of Parks and Recreation management, it recognizes innovative and creative ways to engage citizens in parks department activities.

For more information, please contact Knox County Parks and Recreation, 215-6600, or


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