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.