Today: Meeting to discuss future plans for Lakeshore Park

(WBIR) The city of Knoxville will hold its second public meeting to discuss plans for Lakeshore Park Monday evening.

The public forum starts at 6 p.m. in the Deane Hill Recreation Center in west Knoxville.

Recently, the consulting firm U-30 conducted a study, analyzing multiple surveys from people in the area. After looking over the results, the park and recreation department made a plan to tear down most of the buildings on the property, freeing up green space.

Joe Walsh, an employee with the department, said the plan preserves the administration facility of the former Lakeshore Mental Hospital as well as the chapel. City officials said they're still unsure of what to do with the buildings.

"It will be a possible recreation center at one point, possible soccer fields, a couple interactive play areas, possibility of an outdoor amphitheater," described Walsh. "I would just love them to open up more room for fields, you know. Maybe more equipment for a playground or it is a nice area for people to come here and sit."

On Monday, city officials will gauge what the community thinks of the new plan. The city hopes to begin demolition this summer.


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