Smyrna Town Council members unanimously approved the creation of a new Parks & Recreation Committee at the Oct. 21 council meeting.

Town Manager Dave Hugg said the topic of creating a Parks & Recreation Committee has been discussed several times; the town even used to have one until funds ran dry. A function of the Shade Tree Commission has been parks and recreation, but Hugg said this needs to change. Mayor Joanne Masten said she already has a list of residents interested in being on the committee. Resident Judy Cherry has also agreed to take the lead in getting USDA money and other grants to improve parks and recreation in town.

"If we can get free money, I really don't want to walk away from that," Masten said.

She noted that one town employee suggested getting lighting for the bike and walking path behind Smyrna High School. She said Sen. Bruce Ennis offered to pay for the project.

"But there are so many other things we can do in parks and recreation. We had nobody to lead it and no money to do it," Masten said. "Now we have someone who wants to lead and a great committee."

Councilwoman Andrea Rodriguez asked that the committee look for ways to host activities for kids.

Councilman Robert Johnson asked if the committee could incorporate PAL, the Concerned Citizens Organization, and the Boys & Girls Club because those groups have activities and needs for funding as well; Masten said the committee would need to look at it but she'd support it.

There are several residents already interesting in joining the committee, but more people are needed. Anyone interested in serving on the committee should contact Masten at

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