Parks and Recreation Challenge Grant – Interest from Parkridge Neighborhood

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From: Jessel, Tanner Monroe

Sent: Thursday, August 9, 2012 11:41 PM
To: vupton [at]; jwalsh [at]; lgoerlich [at]; hiwarch [at]
Cc: mayor [at]
Subject: Parks and Recreation Challenge Grant – Interest from Parkridge Neighborhood

Hello Valerie and City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Crew,

I’m a resident of the Parkridge historic neighborhood.

Some community discussion in the Parkridge / Park City Facebook group brought to light the Parks and Recreation Department’s Challenge Grant offering grants for non-profit projects associated with public parks or recreation facilities within City limits, described on your August 7, 2012 Press Release at <>.

Neighbors have expressed interest in pursuing a beautification project for the First Creek Greenway involving public art at the I-40 underpass at North Sixth Avenue.

Because the application is due on September 17, we realize time is tight to put together a proposal.

We have some volunteers in the community to work on completing the application, but would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you about our neighborhood’s ideas for the beautification project. I’m CC’ing Lynne Sullivan, a pioneering Parkridge resident who has experience in grant writing.

Some basic questions we have relate to what kind of projects you are looking for – specifically, how can we make public art a competitive proposal?

There is also some general uncertainty about the status of the section of greenway under the I-40 overpass constructed during the SmartFix40 project, which neighborhood residents perceive to be the Parkridge neighborhood’s access to the Upper First Creek Greenway, but is not designated on city Parks and Recreation maps as part of the City’s greenway system (yet).

If we could schedule a time with us to discuss these questions, it would be helpful in allowing the neighborhood to submit a proposal for our beautification idea prior to the September 17th deadline.

Thank you,

Tanner Jessel


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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