South Knox residents voice concerns over BMX park at middle school

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- In the beginning, it seemed like a positive idea, said one south Knoxville parent.

But construction of a BMX park that has dragged on due to funding and other issues has some parents wanting the idea scrapped completely.

"Initially, everything on paper looked really good," said Whitney Reynolds, whose eighth grade child is on the track team that is now the site of the controversial park.

Now, however, many parents, along with Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, want the field restored to the way it was.

"We just want what's right by the kids," Reynolds said.

Reynolds added the dirt piled on the field forces the track team to practice in a parking lot, and the football and soccer teams to practice either at South Doyle High School or other sites.

This has resulted, she said, in fewer students participating in sports.

"That puts them at a great disadvantage," Reynolds said.

At the Commission meeting, though, several community members expressed support for the BMX park during the public forum session.

The Commission agreed to address the issue again at a later date.