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September 8, 2003


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Betsy L. Child and Deputy Commissioner James H. Fyke today announced the division of Recreation Educational Services will hold a series of meetings across the state to present the draft five year Tennessee Recreation Plan titled We're Planning Our Recreation Future--Let's Do It Together.

"Providing easy, accessible opportunities for our citizens to get out and enjoy our state's resources with their families is a key part of maintaining a high quality of life in Tennessee," Child said. "This recreation plan reflects the input and interest of Tennesseans. After hearing from citizens at these meetings, we will refine the plan to give state and local governments a clear course for providing diverse recreation opportunities across the state."

Every five years, the division coordinates the state recreation plan update, which recognizes current efforts, trends and needs in recreation development and delivery statewide. Citizens, agencies and public officials have provided broad input on recreation issues to help prioritize recreation needs and guide distribution of grant funds, land acquisitions and facility developments.

"Whether it's at one of Tennessee's 53 state parks, local parks, national parks or private operations, recreation opportunities are abound in Tennessee," Fyke said. "These meetings will help our citizens learn more about the resources available to them, as well as ensure that the final plan guides development of new resources to meet community needs."

Four meetings are scheduled across the state to obtain public comments on the draft document. The locations and dates are as follows:

Monday, Sept. 15, 2003 - City Center Council Chambers, 100 West First North Street, Morristown
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003 - Conference Center, Athens Regional Park, Athens
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003 - Patterson Park Community Center Meeting Rooms, 521 Mercury Boulevard, Murfreesboro
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003 -UT Agricultural Center, Agricultural Experiment Station, Room A-1, Jackson

Meetings are scheduled at each site from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (local time).

Individuals with disabilities who wish to participate should contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to discuss any auxiliary aids or services needed to facilitate their participation. Contact the ADA Coordinator at 401 Church Street, 7th Floor, L & C Tower, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-888-867-2757. Hearing impaired callers may use the Tennessee Relay Service (1-800-848-0298).

For more information, contact the division of Recreation Educational Services, 10th Floor, L & C Tower, 401 Church Street, Nashville, 37243-0439, (615) 532-0748, or





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