A newly renovated park near Downtown Knoxville is now open. Mayor Madeline Rogero and parks and recreation officials celebrated the new look for Morningside Park with a ribbon cutting.
The park received a $250,000 donation from Pilot Flying J for the upgrade. The renovations include a new walkway, a renovated 18-hole disc golf course, accessible parking and the removal of dense brush.
Officials hope the changes will encourage the community to get out and enjoy the park.
"It gives them a place to go to exercise. It gives them a place to meet and greet. We've got this huge picnic shelter for people to congregate here for birthday parties and reunions and church functions. So it's a place to really gather and enjoy community," said Parks and Recreation Director Joe Walsh.
Morningside Park is the site of Knoxville's first disc golf course, which was build in the early '80s.
City officials worked closely with the Knoxville Disc Golf Club during the renovations to redesign the course and extend it to a complete 18 holes.