The city of King oversees two popular parks, Recreation Acres and King Central Park.
“Our parks are a place for our community to gather, enjoy events, play sports, and to be outdoors. They give us a place to enjoy the arts and to spend time outside. In today’s world where we’re busy and always rushing around, our parks give us a place to slow down, relax, and enjoy nature,” said King City Manager Homer Dearmin.
Located at the intersection of West Dalton and White Road, Recreation Acres has six lighted ball fields, a playground, a two-story community building available for rent, and a shelter with picnic tables.
Throughout the week residents are often seen enjoying the sprawling space on the lighted walking trails throughout the park.
In November of 2015, Make a Difference in King, a community group spearheaded by Ashley Turner, approached King’s City Council to build a playground near the senior center in Recreation Acres. The idea was to contract with a company which helped design and organize community-built playground structures.
King Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee unanimously supported the Make a Difference in King plan, and Mayor Jack Warren directed city staff to begin discussions with the organization to start planning what steps needed to be taken to make it a reality.
“Many may not realize that Recreation Acres was the result of a similar grassroots community effort years ago, when King Lions Club members had a vision for a park in our community and brought it to fruition,” Dearmin said. “The Make A Difference In King organization is adding to that vision and meeting a need in our community. The playground will not only be a place for our children, but for those in nearby communities. The playground will increase King’s visibility, and bring children and families to our city, where they will also shop, eat, and enjoy other aspects of King.”
The build date is set for April 3-9, 2017. The structure and size is yet to be determined and will depend on the funds raised and grants acquired. Over a hundred volunteers already have signed on to help build the new community playground.
King Central Park
The 25-acre park features a host of family-friendly things to do including strolls along a pristine pond, a stop at the playground, and two picnic shelters. In the heart of the park is an outdoor amphitheater used for local performances.
Fishing is permitted at the pond on a catch-and-release basis.
Visitors often step back in time to admire the two log cabins restored back to their original state from 1774 at King Central Park. At Christmastime the cabins are decorated and after the annual tree lighting ceremony, Santa Claus can be seen through the front doors handing out cookies and drinks.
The Veterans Memorial opened in 2004 and is proudly displayed at the entrance to the park leading to the amphitheater. Dedicated to veterans who have served the country, the memorial was constructed in the shape of a pentagon honoring the five branches — Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and the Coast Guard. Throughout the building process, more than 1,800 pavers were purchased in remembrance of veterans.
“The Veterans Memorial is a place to observe and remember the sacrifices of all veterans, and especially those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country,” Dearmin said. “It reminds us of the importance of remembering the service and sacrifice of so many who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy. It is a place for us to reflect, to remember, and to appreciate an effort and a sacrifice that many of us may never completely understand.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-591-8191.