Batman lost a battle to Golden Oak on Monday in Jonesborough as the Board of Mayor and Aldermen selected a winner in the competition to name the new playground soon to be built at the northern end of the newly extended Persimmon Ridge Trail.
Out of entries submitted by 27 Jonesborough children for the proposed 4,500-square-foot playground to be built north of U.S. Highway 11E adjacent to The Meadows and Mill Creek subdivisions, 10-year-old Cayleigh Shaw’s Golden Oak Park proved to be town leaders’ favorite.
Construction was completed earlier this spring on a new section of the walking trail from the ballfields at Persimmon Ridge Park, under U.S. Highway 11E to the meadow adjacent to Golden Rod Drive at New Hope Road where the park will be located.
Park and Recreation Department Director Rachel Conger said construction of the playground with a storytelling stage, musical elements, a pavilion, restrooms, climbing structures and other play equipment is expected to begin in the summer and could be completed as early as fall.
Winning out over possible park titles including Batman Park, Spider-Man Park, Golden Gate Park, Goldfinch Park, Meadow Mills Park, Tunnel Park and second runner-up Cherry Hill Park, the board’s selection of Shaw’s entry was good for a season pass to Wetlands Water Park. All 27 entrants in the contest will receive day passes to the water park, Conger said.
In other business, the board voted to reappoint Jonesborough Municipal Court Judge John C. Rambo to a second eight-year term on the town court’s bench with hopes that the appointment will be temporary.
Earlier in their meeting, the board gave its unanimous endorsement to a proclamation recommending Rambo for the First Judicial District Chancery Court judgeship to be vacated June 30 by the retirement of Chancellor Richard Johnson.
The proclamation, which cites Rambo’s wisdom, fairness and courtesy to parties and participants in Jonesborough’s Municipal Court proceedings and his commitment to the public service of his community, will be forwarded to the state’s Judicial Nominating Committee.
Rambo is one of eight local attorneys who have filed applications for the chancellorship. The nominating committee is scheduled to interview the applicants Friday and select three final candidates to recommend for consideration by Gov. Bill Haslam.