With the Nov. 16 Salute to Heritage Park Grand Opening Celebration less than a month away, a city official on Friday announced what’s certain about the transportation plan to shuttle attendees to the park and return them to their vehicles when the event ends at 8 p.m.
With the exception of vehicles bearing handicapped stickers, there will be no public parking on the Heritage Park property. The limited number of parking spaces there will be reserved for event staff and those who will be recognized during the day-long celebration, according to Larry Clark, Morristown assistant city administrator.
East Tennessee Human Sources Agency buses will shuttle guests from the Morristown City Center, the Hamblen County Courthouse and the large parking lot south of downtown, according Clark. The assistant city administrator says the plan is to run a fourth shuttle from a location on East First North Street, but the precise location won’t be finalized until later this week.
The buses can carry 12 passengers, plus two wheelchairs. The buses will begin running around 9:30 a.m., 30 minutes before the presentation of colors and honoring of U.S. military veterans.
Celebration attendees will be dropped off picked up at the park entrance on East Sixth North Street. Limited turn-around space at Heritage Park will prevent buses from depositing and collecting passengers on park property, according to Clark.
On-street parking will be allowed in neighborhoods surrounding Heritage Park and around the bus stops, but not on streets along the bus routes. A map of streets where on-street parking will be permitted will be released well ahead of the Nov. 16 event, according to Clark, who says there will be no parking along East Sixth North Street.
Ribbon-cutting ceremonies will begin at 10:30 a.m. The entertainment will begin around 11:30 a.m. The headliner is Chris Blue, a Knoxville man who won season 12 of “The Voice” television show. The others who will perform are Emily Ann Roberts, Stuart Clawson and Further Born, a Morristown band.
The Heritage Park Grand Opening Celebration will also include the annual Arts in the Park event, tethered balloon rides and inflatables for children. The event will conclude with fireworks. Attendees may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.