Rotary Club unveils new Founders Park bridge

Brandon Paykamian • Nov 19, 2019 at 5:39 PM

Members of the Johnson City Noon Rotary Club and Johnson City Commission gathered at Founders Park Tuesday afternoon to unveil a new footbridge constructed through the help of a $50,000 donation from the Rotary Club. 

Mayor Jenny Brock said the new bridge will be a “great asset” for events and festivals hosted at the park. She said the new bridge will help “make Founders Park a much more usable park,” and thanked the club for previous contributions to public park projects throughout Johnson City. 

“I think this is just such a great project,” Brock said. “The Rotary Club has been so prevalent in our community with the good things that you do to help increase the quality of life for our citizens, and we want to thank you for that.”

Rotary Director of Service Projects Brackton Smith said he and Treasurer Jacob Higginbotham came up with the idea for the 36-foot bridge across Brush Creek and brought the idea to city leaders including Public Works Director Phil Pindzola, also an active Rotarian. 

“Whenever a project comes to your mind or you think about stuff that you can do to improve your community, sometimes it’s not big headline items. Sometimes it’s stuff that you work a lot in the shadows like Jacob Higginbotham did for this project,” he said. “I came up with the idea at Rotary from a prior discussion I had with a bunch of people about how cool this would be to have in Founders Park. …”

Johnson City Rotary Club President David Strickland said he’s happy to see the club “give something back to the community” once again. 

“Founders Park was a dream that went on years ago. It was created, and it’s turned out to be bigger than you ever expected,” Strickland said. “And I’m glad that Brackton Smith brought this project idea to us about two years ago to be able to put this together.”