Morristown is rich in city parks. There are 16 of them scattered around the city, with a dozen devoted to mostly sports. The largest of the sports complexes at 142 acres is Frank Lorino Park, which has 12 fields devoted to football, softball, baseball and soccer.
Fred Miller Park is the most popular non-sports park. It includes a paved walking trail one-third of a mile long, two picnic shelters, a large playground with a variety of equipment, huge trees and lots of grass, along with rest rooms. The park also has a splash pad open during the summer months.
Two other parks boast of hiking trails, Wildwood and Wayne Hansard. In addition, Wayne Hansard’s trail is used for biking.
The Talley Ward Recreation Center is also operated by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. It includes facilities for basketball and volleyball. When it’s not in use for organized games, it offers free basketball shooting for anyone who wants to play. The center also has three meeting rooms, and hosts a square dance club and exercise classes.
For many years, Talley Ward has been used by Morristown-Hamblen High School East. That is scheduled to change on Jan. 1 2013. Parks and Recreation Director Craig Price said the center will then be available for increased use.
A disc golf course was established at Wayne Hansard by the Kiwanis Club of Morristown. The Rotary Club is establishing a second disc golf course at Frank Lorino Park, which is scheduled to open in September 2012, according to Price.
In the past year, a dog park was added to the system and a new amphitheater was opened at Fred Miller Park. Fred Miller is the location of Pickin’ In The Park, a community wide jam session held each Thursday evening during the summer months. Free movies are show during the summer at Fred Miller, too.
New restrooms have been constructed at Frank Lorino Park, and a new concession area will be included.
A new butterfly garden is an addition MLK Park. It is designed by a master gardener and tended by volunteers.
The Parks and Recreation office is located at 415 West Louise Ave.
For information on any Morristown city park or a schedule of activities, call 586-0260.