During the annual State of the City address on October 16, 2023, the Mayor and parks employees reflected on the past year and look forward to the years ahead.
Mayor Paige Brown said parks and recreation is major area where residents feel a positive quality of life here in Gallatin. She mentioned the years-in-the-making Parks Master Plan was presented to the city council. The plan serves as a guide for future investments and continued improvements for the Gallatin community.
Tourism and Marketing Director Jenna Maddox explained how the city finalized plans to invest $2 million on Clearview Park for a new community center and other improvements. After several community surveys and public meetings, the council, community and department agreed on the best investment ideas. Engineers are now drawing up architectural plans and will break ground soon thereafter.
Another accomplishment this past year was the $100,000 renovation of the Thompson Skate Park. This improvement has seen positive feedback from the local skating community. Also, one of the department's most recent additions, the pickleball courts over at Municipal Park, have seen thousands of residents of all ages come through and enjoy some friendly competition and activity this past year. Pickleball continues to be the fastest growing sport in the nation and in Gallatin.
Reporting on existing facilities, the Miracle Park of Gallatin remains a huge hit and an important part of Gallatin, with many activities for kids of all abilities. The department is so thankful to be able to offer the community so many opportunities. Plus, there’s more coming, including the new Gallatin Gladiators al-inclusive basketball team. Also, many community events center around Gallatin parks, including the extremely popular Pawpalooza Pet Festival. This year was a stellar success, with more dogs (and humans) than ever.
View the entire 2023 State of the City Address at the link below: