Justice said that when he began as a commissioner in 2000 the population within Mt. Juliets city limits was around 8,400 and that number has grown to almost 25,000.
Mt. Juliet has been recognized as one of the fastest growing cities in the state, he said. The vast majority of Charlie Daniels Park was owned by the Youth Football program. They donated the land to the city for the park and they have since outgrown the fields. It is choking the usability out of the park which is not a bad thing because we want the program to do well, Justice continued.
It is about the health and welfare of the community. We want to give the kids alternatives and activities and role models.
Commissioners voted on the solution to convert parts of Mundy Park in phases which will include re-fencing, sodding and some field work. Youth Football will be operating in Mundy Park beginning July 9.
Commissioners will continue to look at ways to keep adult programs alive, as well. We have discussed building another softball field at another location, Justice said. We just have to create a plan to make that happen.
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