Leave your mark on history by celebrating with family and friends on this special day.
The Centennial Commission invites you to join in the celebration as they host a grand opening for Kingsport Centennial Park. The celebration will open with the national anthem sung by Kingsport’s own Carla Karst with the Dobyns-Bennett Band as accompaniment. The ribbon cutting will be the first official turning-on of the interactive water feature, the park’s core.
Opening day will continue the celebrations after the ribbon cutting, so bring the whole family out for a fun-filled event. Festivities include Cheerwine visiting us as they, too, are 100 this year. Their samples will provide the perfect centennial refresher. Face painting, free bubbles, and more will be available for kids to enjoy. Local downtown businesses are offering specials, so watch the Kingsport100 Facebook page for announcements.
A variety of entertainment will join the celebration, including the Central Baptist Choir, Kingsport Showtime, Kingsport Ballet, the State Theatre Group and a magician! They will light up the stage and make you want to stay all day. While the festivities finish at 2:00pm, the park is yours forever!
Along the wall of the pump station, you will find beautifully hand-crafted tiles by students from Lincoln Elementary and Dobyns-Bennett High School. This art project was made possible in part by an ‘Art Builds Community’ Grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.
“It was built for future generations, and I will bring my grandkids here every year to show them the importance of celebrating history and sharing values with family.”
Kingsport Centennial Park came to fruition through a collaborative effort between the Kingsport Community Foundation and the City of Kingsport Centennial Commission. In celebrating the ‘Kingsport Spirit’, the park provides a unique destination and link to downtown Kingsport that commemorates the community’s past, present and future.
The fundraising effort for this legacy project grew organically in a way that went beyond the chair’s expectations. Brenda White-Wright states, “We all hope for a time that we can be a part of something special. Many thanks to everyone from across our community who gave their time and support to make Centennial Park a truly special landmark for centuries to come.”
Centennial Park is located at 245 E Main Street, across from Main St Pizza. The grand opening park celebration will occur Saturday, August 26 from 11:00am – 2:00pm.