Wetlands Water Park Opening Saturday May 27

Wetlands Water Park will open for the 2023 season, kicking off with a grand opening on Saturday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park is located within Persimmon Ridge Park in Jonesborough at 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road. Wetlands Water Park has been the premiere Tri-Cities summertime family destination for over 25 years!

The park offers a wide variety of family friendly fun including three flume water slides, two family otter slides, a lazy river, zero depth entry pool, full-service café and beach volleyball court. The park also plays host to numerous private parties, birthday parties, swim lessons and special events throughout the season.

Season passes are now on sale and may be purchased online at wetlandsjonesborough.com, by visiting the Jonesborough Visitors Center or calling 423.753.1010. Purchasing a season pass gives attendees access to the water park for the entirety of the season as well as discounted rates on birthday parties, swim lessons and other events. Season passes are $80 for adults (13-54 years), $60 for children (4-12 years) & seniors (55 and older), and free for 3 years and younger.

Swim lessons are $60 per child for one week. The weeks of swim lessons are June 13, June 20, July 11, July 18 and July 25. All sessions will be Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. If a lesson is cancelled due to weather, the make-up lesson will be on that Friday. Each level will have a maximum capacity of 15 participants with three instructors per level. Participants must be four years or older.

Regular hours of operation after Saturday, May 27 are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.

Board of Mayor and Alderman Work Session

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet in Work Sessions at 6:00 pm, at the Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, TN, on the following dates:  Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Wednesday, May 31, 2023, and Tuesday, June 6, 2023.  The topic of discussion is the FY23 and FY24 Budgets.

Jonesborough Days 2023 Parade, Call for Entries

Kicking off everyone’s favorite summer festival, the Jonesborough Days Parade is set to march down Boone and Main Streets in Downtown Jonesborough on Saturday, July 1st at 10am.  The Jonesborough Days Festival Committee is seeking floats and entries decked out in red, white and blue and playing everyone’s favorite patriotic music.  

The cost for registration is $25 for regular entries and $50 for political and commercial entries. Interested parties are welcome to apply online HERE

Questions can be directed to Rachel by e-mail at rachelc@jonesboroughtn.org or by calling 423.791.3869. 

Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen

The Jonesborough Board of Mayor and Aldermen’s next regularly scheduled meeting will be Monday, June 12, 2023, at 7 pm.  The meeting will remain open to the public but you are encouraged to take advantage of the live stream.

If you need additional information, please call 423.753.1030.

The East Main Street Sidewalk Construction Beginning

The East Main Street Sidewalk construction project has begun on the north side of East Main Street. Motorists should expect traffic delays between the Forest Drive to Clay Avenue intersections with E. Main Street.

We project the work to be completed late June-mid July. The work will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Flaggers will be onsite to help accommodate school traffic. Motorists should choose an alternate route if at all possible, during the work hours.

The construction area will be considered a ‘work zone’ so please keep travel speeds as low as possible. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Jonesborough Days Crafter Application is Live!

Applications for the Jonesborough Days craft vendors are now available!

Jonesborough Days takes place Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2.

All items must be handmade, some examples include pottery, paintings and varied mediums, photographs, screen-printed items, seasonal décor, holiday gifts, leather items, woodcarvings and others.

Music on the Square Returns May 5th, 2023

Live music in downtown Jonesborough returns Friday, May 5 with Music on the Square in front of the Washington County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Jonesborough. Music on the Square takes place each Friday evening May 5 through September 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. except Friday, June 30 due to Jonesborough Days.

Music on the Square is a free event open to the public. This season, Music on the Square will feature a diverse range of music including bluegrass, jazz, rock, americano and blues.

MOTS2023The 2023 Music on the Square lineup order is YeeHaw String Band, Aaron Vance, Cruz Contreras, Empty Bottle String Band, Dom Flemons, Johnson City Jazz Collective, Sarah Jean, Into the Fog, Charlie Maples, Ed Snodderly, Sam Collie & the Roustabouts, Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers, Polyphony Marimba, Bill and the Belles, Dave Eggar, Florencia & the Feeling, Stemwinder, Roxanne McDaniel, Beth Snapp, Sam Lewis and Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley. There will be a rotating food truck every week.

New Music on the Square t-shirts are available for purchase at the merchandise table every Friday night during the event. They are also available at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, located at 117 Boone Street.

For more information go to Jonesborough.com/mots or call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423.753.1010. This year’s event is sponsored by Humana, McLeod Organics and Wolfe Development.

Town of Jonesborough Set to Celebrate Arbor Day

The Town of Jonesborough and the Tree and Townscape Board is set to celebrate Arbor Day with a tree planting and distribution event on Friday, April 28th in Jonesborough. The event will take place at 1 pm at the future Jonesborough School site located at 720 North Cherokee Street. An apple tree will be planted in the future orchard area on the school property to commemorate the event. Attendees are asked to park along Thompson Meadow Lane, along the south side of the school site. “Arbor Day gives us a chance to acknowledge the importance of trees and what role they play in enhancing the community,” said Mike Musick, Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Jonesborough. “The Town is focused on preserving the trees in our community as well as planting new ones to be enjoyed by future generations.” Students who will be attending the new Jonesborough school next school year when it opens will be attending the event, assisting in planting a tree at their new school site. Two hundred tree seedlings will be distributed at the event, free of charge. Seedlings include Red Maple, Pin Oak, River Birch and Dogwood trees. The Town of Jonesborough will also be celebrating 19 years of Tree City USA status. A Tree City USA community achieves Tree City USA designation by meeting four standards sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Arbor Day Foundation Names Town of Jonesborough a 2022 Tree City USA®

The Town of Jonesborough was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

The Town of Jonesborough achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand,” said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Town of Jonesborough are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use and extreme heat and flooding. Town of Jonesborough is doing its part to address these challenges for residents both now and in the future.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

Town of Jonesborough Surplus Meters Bid

The Town of Jonesborough has implemented a major water meter replacement program and is transitioning to AMR. The project is nearly 40% complete with a projected completion date of September 30, 2023. The Town is seeking to sell all surplus meters currently on-hand, and to sell those meters that will become available by the AMR project completion date.

Bid can be found HERE