UPDATE: July 2016

 

The Henderson County Commissioners and Parks and Recreation has approved a budget of $150,000 for the purchase of playground equipment for our Tuxedo Community Park. A Request for Proposal is being drawn up by county Recreation Director Tim Hopkin. Several playground equipment manufacturers have been selected to receive the RFP. Community members are encouraged to become involved with the equipment decisions. Our goal is to have playground equipment ready for fall. Stayed tuned for more information once proposals have been received. Below are sample photos of the type of equipment being considered.

 

 

 

 

The 6.4 acre Tuxedo Community Park has come together with help from both Tuxedo locals, who raised $28,000 for the project, and the Henderson County Commissioners, who appropriated more than $600,000 over the past several years to demolish the old Tuxedo Mill and start construction. Phase one has been completed and includes a meadow for sports, a paved walking trail, parking and landscaping.

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Park contractor Leon Allison, Green River farmer Theron Maybin, county commissioners Grady Hawkins, Charlie Messer, Tommy Thompson and Mike Edney, and local leaders David Hill and Terry Maybin break ground at Tuxedo Park. August 2015

 

The park was in the planning stages for many years because of a lack of usable land. “We’ve been looking for land for 18 years,” said Terry Maybin, vice chair of the Henderson County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and a longtime sparkplug for the Green River Community Association. “We finally did it! It’s going to be the most desired park in Henderson County.” Ideally, the park will give the residents, especially the children, of Tuxedo a safe place to play sports or just enjoy Henderson County, Messer said.

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Arial view of Tuxedo Community Park, March 2015

 

The newest in a series of parks that former County Commissioner Bill O’Connor once described as a “string of emeralds,” Tuxedo Community Park is the southernmost of the recreation spaces. The county is developing the park “the same way the East Flat Rock and Etowah and Edneyville projects worked, basically as a joint community partnership,” says county Recreation Director Tim Hopkin. The plans include playground equipment, shelter, restrooms, open fields, walking trails, tennis courts or basketball and of course parking.”

The new Tuxedo Community Park is on U.S. 225, on the site of the old Tuxedo Mill.

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