Will other groups be allowed to use the facility?
Yes. While the details of a reservation system, nominal fees, and other details are yet to be finalized, it is the desire of Emerald Youth that this space would be made available to groups wishing to utilize it for events, community meetings, etc.
Is this just a sports facility?
Absolutely not. The goal of Emerald Youth is to comprehensively engage young people through programs in faith, learning or academics, and health. This facility will offer robust programming in all three areas. On top of that, it will also offer music and arts programming, a fitness center, as well as an academic learning center modeled by what is utilized on a college campus.
Has Emerald Youth engaged neighborhood stakeholders?
Yes. To date, Emerald Youth has engaged more than 350 Lonsdale neighborhood stakeholders about the proposal. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and as one neighborhood leader said, “This facility represents hope.” However, we are always willing to sit down with other groups. If you know of an individual or group that would like to be engaged, please let us know.
How will this proposed complex impact Sam E. Hill Preschool?
Currently, Sam E. Hill Preschool does not have a gymnasium. If built, the proposed complex would include a gymnasium that could be shared and used by the school, as well as other assets which could be shared, including the performing arts studio and playing fields.
What all has to happen before construction can begin?
The Knox County Board of Education, County Commission, and City Council must each approve certain aspects of the proposal. Following that process, construction will begin. Anticipated completion is late 2018.
I still have more questions about the proposal, I would like for someone to come speak to me and / or a group, or am curious about how I can get involved. What should I do?
Visit emeraldyouth.org, call Emerald Youth’s main office at 865-637-3227, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.