(MURFREESBORO) Representatives of the City of Murfreesboro and the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the BlueCross Healthy Place at Barfield Crescent Park.
City Council member Bill Shacklett told NewsRadio WGNS . . .
The City of Murfreesboro applied for the BlueCross Healthy Place grant, looking to bring improvements to a popular park. (See Photos of the new park, captured by Jim Davis with the Murfreesboro Parks and Rec Department HERE).
Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Director Nate Williams said, “The timing on this opportunity was perfect. The old playground equipment needed to be repaired, and replacing it with a new, more inclusive play area made more sense. The variety of equipment appeals to all ages and abilities now, and we know it will be as well-loved as the previous playground. We appreciate the efforts of the BlueCross Foundation in providing a BlueCross Healthy Place for our community.”
Grant applicants were invited to choose from six project packages based on the needs of their communities.
Murfreesboro selected the Family Fun package, and features in the new space include:
• Large play area
• Thrive fitness station
• Swing set
• Freestanding play and climbing areas
The Murfreesboro project is one of 10 the BlueCross Foundation has funded in celebration of the company’s 75th anniversary, bringing the total statewide investment to $7.5 million for 2021.