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Roan Mountain State Park honored for facilities management

Johnson City Press • Jan 26, 2019 at 12:21 AM

NASHVILLE – Roan Mountain State Park was named winner of the 2018 Excellence in Facilities Management Award for Tennessee State Parks. The award was presented by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The departments said parks that were nominated in the facilities management category were those that demonstrate excellence in the care of their parks and facilities in order to better provide a quality customer experience. Park maintenance activities include facility maintenance, preventative maintenance, grounds and trail maintenance and cleanliness and upkeep of the park.

“We congratulate Roan Mountain State Park on its performance,” said Brock Hill, deputy commissioner of Parks and Conservation. “While we know many visitors seek out Roan Mountain for its rugged natural beauty, we want facilities at the park to also lead to the best possible visitor experience.”

At Roan Mountain State Park, courts for tennis and basketball were resurfaced, new pathway lighting was installed for the park’s 30 cabins, two bridges were installed, and tile installation and repairs were made at bathhouses for the 107 campground sites. Work also involved the restabilization and new foundation of the historic Miller Farmstead barn.

“This award is a credit to the dedicated team at our park,” said Meg Guy, park manager at Roan Mountain. “We want our visitors to enjoy their experience in every way, and maintaining our facilities is an excellent example of the service we want to provide.”

Roan Mountain State Park encompasses more than 2,000 acres dominated by rich hardwood forest along rugged ridges. The cool, clear Doe River winds its way through the center of the park and supports a healthy population of trout. Wildflowers and wildlife inhabit the hollows and ridges of the Roan foothills.

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