On Tuesday, June 12, the City Commission officially named the City's newest 24 acre park Margaret Hayes Powell Park. The park is planned in conjunction with the Virginia Springs office park at the corner of Virginia Way and Granny White Pike. The park will be built by the Virginia Springs developer and deeded to the City.
Ms. Powell was born in 1889 and died in 1970. She was the daughter of Lysander Hayes (i.e. direct descendants to the original McGavock family that settled in Middle Tennessee after the American Revolution). Hayes owned the Midway Plantation, which at one time included the Brentwood Country Club, Meadowlake, McGavock Farms, and the Virginia Springs office park area. Ms. Powell grew up on this property, rode horses, etc. When she became an adult, she married a Powell and moved to Johnson City, Tennessee.
In accordance with the special restrictions included as part of the rezoning ordinance for the office development, the park will be passive in nature with a 1 mile paved multi-use trail and a 0.40 mile trail in the wooded portion of the park property that will be partially paved with the remainder left natural. To provide park access for the adjoining Meadowlake subdivision, pedestrian access points to the park are proposed at the end of Lennox Road and Oakvale Drive.
Construction of the park is expected to begin later this summer and be complete by early 2013.
Margaret Hayes Powell Park Master Plan (pdf)