We have no offseason. Spring and Summer bring baseball, swimming, basketball, tennis and so much more. During the cooler seasons, folks enjoy hiking, biking, running and disc golf, mixed in with some of the best scenery in Tennessee. Whether it’s athletics or leisure, our goal is year-round enjoyment… and that’s just what you get anytime you visit our parks.
|Matt Townsend||Maintenance Supervisor||423.791.3732|
|Rachel Conger||Capital Projects Planner||423.791.3869|
|Gazebo Rental||Vistor Center||423.753.1012|
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by ensuring diverse recreational opportunities for citizens of all ages and providing the highest quality staff, services, facilities, parks and programs possible.
The Recreation Department responsibilities cover a number of areas within the Town’s services and facilities offered for use to its residents. Those include: parks, open spaces and trails, athletics, seasonal special events, Wetland Water Park and Persimmon Ridge Campground. Parks and Recreation Director Matt Townsend directs a full time, part-time and seasonal staff of approximately 75. Matt can be reached at 423.791.3732
The Jonesborough Recreation Advisory Committee is made up of eleven (11) members including: the Jonesborough Mayor, the Washington County Mayor or designee, one Alder-man from the Jonesborough Board of Aldermen, the president of the Jonesborough Little League Association, the president of the Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association, and six (6) additional at-large members. The Recreation Advisory Committee meets monthly, every fourth Thursday of each month at 6 pm.
The Parks Maintenance Staff includes four full time individuals who maintain the parks and other recreation facilities year-round as well as assist in implementing special events and other recreational programming. The full time staff includes: William Russell, Brian Briggs, and Stacey Cochran. Special projects, including Jonesborough Days Festival, Halloween Haunts and Happenings, Music on the Square, etc. also fall under their scope of responsibility for setup, breakdown and cleanup. In addition, the staff oversees the maintenance of all open spaces and landscaped areas in Town including the medians, Veterans Park, downtown courthouse parking lot, etc.
Jonesborough Parks, Trails, & Open Spaces
All Jonesborough parks are available to the general public on a first come first serve basis, including pavilions. The Civitan Pavilion at Persimmon Ridge Park/Wetlands Water Park is the only pavilion available for rental during the months of May through September. You may inquire on availability by calling 423.753.1553. Click here to view the Parks Brochure.
Depot Street Park
Depot Street Park located at 400 Depot Street offers a volleyball court, basketball court, pavilion, restrooms and playground for children ages 5-12 years. The pavilion is available on a “first come, first serve” basis and can accommodate up to 40 individuals. This is a perfect area for birthday parties and letting the children play within a fenced area.
Golden Oak Park
Golden Oak Park located at 277 Goldenrod Drive is Jonesborough’s newest park, located just north of Persimmon Ridge Park and includes a walking trail (a portion of the Lost State Scenic Walkway), playground equipment for children ages 2-12 years, pavilion and restrooms. The pavilion can accommodate up to 40 people and is available for use for birthdays and special events on a “first come, first serve” basis.
Mill Spring Park
Mill Spring Park located at 111 Fox Street includes a portion of the Lost State Scenic Walkway, restrooms (open year round) and a gazebo available for public use and rentals. Those interested in renting the park for a special occasion can call the Visitors Center at 423.753.1012.
Persimmon Ridge Park
Persimmon Ridge Park located at 1523 Persimmon Ridge Road is a 130 acre park that features biking and hiking trails, a portion of the Lost State Scenic Walkway, ball fields, playground for children of all ages, basketball court and a family friendly Water Park. An 18 hole Disc Golf Course is now open and is a popular feature of the park.
Landscaped/Green Spaces throughout town have been designated as sustainable landscaped areas. The Parks and Recreation Department has been designated with the task of implementing these landscape projects and maintaining them. These areas include: medians on 11-E, Veterans Park, Downtown Washington County Courthouse parking lot, Stage Road Park, Wetlands Water Park and McKinney Center. Plans are to continue the design and implementation of landscape areas in order to improve the appearance of green spaces and improve the quality of life in Jonesborough. The department is also responsible for the maintenance of the planters throughout downtown as well as the seasonal decorations.
Stage Road Park
Stage Road Park located at 188 Stage Road is a three and a half acre park that includes a portion of the Lost State Scenic Walkway, basketball court, pavilion that can accommodate up to 50 people, restrooms and playground for children ages 2-12 years. The pavilion is available for use for birthdays and special events on a “first come, first serve” basis.
Jimmy Neil Smith Park
Jimmy Neil Smith Park is located at 111 W. College Street and includes walking paths in a beautiful setting in downtown Jonesborough. The park is behind the International Storytelling Center and can be rented for a special event by calling 423.913.8234.
Located at 117 Boone Street and adjacent to the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, Veterans Park was constructed to honor Washington County Military Veterans who have served in the United States Military from 1776 through the current date. More information and to purchase a memorial brick see HERE
Vines Farm Park
Located in Vines Farm Subdivision, this park offers scenic views, walking trail and green space.
Wetlands Water Park
Wetlands Water Park located within Persimmon Ridge Park is Jonesborough’s own Water Park open Memorial Day through Labor Day offering fun for the whole family! Enjoy the water slides, lazy river, zero depth wading area, water bubblers and much more! Wetlands also offers a full service café and volleyball court. The Water Park is also available for birthday parties and private parties. The Water Park Director can be reached at 423.753.1553 or 423.753.1561.
Season Passes can be purchased online from early April through opening weekend. Once the Water Park opens for the season, you must purchase season passes at the park. For more information, call 423.753.1553.
W.C. Rowe Park
W.C. Rowe Park is adjacent to the Chuckey Depot Museum and features a walking trail connecting downtown to the Lost State Scenic Highway.
The Lost State Scenic Walkway
The Lost State Scenic Walkway spans approximately 3 miles of trail that begins in downtown Jonesborough at Mill Spring Park and ends at Golden Oak Park within the Meadows and Mill Creek subdivisions. The multi-use trail, perfect for walking, biking or running, is moderately hilly in some areas and provides a scenic view of the many facets of Jonesborough. Plans are underway to extend the walkway east along East Main Street, from First Baptist Church to Jonesborough Elementary and Middle Schools.
Though a small community with a relatively small recreation staff, Jonesborough has been able to create many recreation and leisure service opportunities for children and adults by combining efforts with community organizations to achieve common goals. Some of the athletic programming is listed below and currently all take place at Persimmon Ridge Park.
Jonesborough Little League Association
In 1979 the Board of Mayor and Aldermen entered into an agreement with the Jonesborough Baseball and Softball Association to undertake a comprehensive baseball/softball program for youth. The town built new ball facilities and provided staff for mowing, etc. This partnership has continued for thirty + years. Additional ballfield facilities have been developed and there are a large number of Washington County youth involved in Jonesborough’s program. The Association finds coaches and umpires, provides equipment, develops sponsors, and establishes the schedule under the oversight of Recreation staff.
Jonesborough prepares fields and undertakes on-going maintenance and improvements with facilities. This relationship is stronger than ever, and the Little League President is a member of the Jonesborough Recreation Advisory Board. The Town of Jonesborough also has an agreement with the Little League Association for use of the Town’s concession stand at the ballfields. Signups for 2019 season are complete. More information can be found at the Jonesborough Little League facebook page.
Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association
The Recreation Department has an agreement with the Persimmon Ridge Youth Soccer Association similar to the Little League Association (Baseball & Softball Association). Over 500 youth participate in a soccer program in which the Association provides equipment, coaches, referees, etc. and the Recreation Department provides facilities and the on-going care of fields. The Town also has a concession agreement with the Soccer Association in an effort to help them generate revenue to support the program.
Teams are grouped according to age: 4 – 5 years, 6 – 7 years, 8 – 9 years, 10 – 12 years and 13 – 15 years old. For additional information call 423.791.3732. Practices begin in September.
Adult Co-Ed Softball
Softball programming for adults 18 years and up is offered every summer at Persimmon Ridge Park. Teams are made up of males and females totaling 20 individuals. Signups for the season are held in May or until there are 10 teams. The season generally runs June – August. Competition does heat up during the season but we are all really there for the fun, the exercise, fresh air and just being with friends. For questions contact Matt Townsend, or call 423.791.3732.
Recreation Advisory Committee
The Recreation Commission was established in 1976 by ordinance, and in 1996 the BMA amended the body to be the Jonesborough Recreation Advisory Committee (JRAC). The Jonesborough Recreation Advisory Committee is made up of eleven (11) members including: the Jonesborough Mayor, the Washington County Mayor or designee, one Alderman from the Jonesborough Board of Aldermen, the president of the Jonesborough Little League Association, the president of the Persimmon Ridge Soccer Association, and six (6) additional at-large members. Terms for the Recreation Advisory Committee were not formally determined in the 1996 restructuring; however, traditionally members have served five (5) terms as established in the enabling ordinance for the Recreation Commission in 1976. The Recreation Advisory Committee meets monthly, every fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm. All policies and procedures related to the operation of the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department are reviewed by the JRAC and recommendations are provided to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen for adoption. The Town Board has authorized the Jonesborough Recreation Advisory Committee to establish and administer the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Fund. Through procedures approved by the Town Recorder, the Recreation Advisory Board raises money to support recreational activities and they determine how the funds raised are spent. These funds are not part of the Recreation Department’s normal operating budget. The Recreation Advisory Committee adopts the five year work plan for the Department including Mission Statement and Goals & Objectives. The JRAC initiates annual reviews of the Mission Statement, the 5-year Plan and the BMA’s Two-Year Work Plan.
5 Year Term
4th Thursday each month
6 pm at Visitors Center
|Jack Van Zandt, Chairman|
|Dr. Jason Davis|
|Matt Townsend||Parks and Recreation Director|