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Park dedication to be held in honor of Ken Snodderly

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By Charlotte Underwood

Ken Snodderly was a man who loved both the city of LaFollette and children.

So it is only fitting that a park be dedicated in his honor, his wife Betty Snodderly said.

The City of LaFollette Parks and Recreation is dedicating a new soccer field as the Ken Snodderly Park tomorrow at 10 a.m.

“It’s long overdue,” said LaFollette Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Byrge.

He said Snodderly was instrumental in getting the park started.

“Ken played a real important part from early on and had a real interest in the soccer program,” Byrge said.  Byrge said he was excited to finally hold this dedication in Snodderly’s honor.

“Ken backed this project 100-percent and was up here two or three times a week when we were getting it started in 2007,” Byrge said.

The new park amenities include a 1,600-foot walking trail, which is eight feet wide. St. Mary’s of LaFollette helped to fund the walking trail in order to encourage people to be more fit, according to Byrge.  There is also a paved parking lot, a 250-foot by 500-foot long soccer field, as well as a new concession stand and rest rooms.  It also has a sizeable bandstand, picnic tables, electrical outlets and new fencing all around the park.  A 40-foot flagpole provided by Peoples Bank of the South was  erected On Wednesday morning in honor of the Campbell County Honor Guard.  

“We hope for the community to get a lot of use out of the park,” Byrge said.  He plans host festivals and other events at the park in the future.

“It took a lot of people to put this together, we’ve had support from all who have been involved,” Byrge said.

Much of the credit goes to LaFollette Public Works Department and Director Jim Mullins.  “They worked on pretty much everything except the soccer field,” Byrge said.

The dedication will be a family affair, with Snodderly’s wife, children and grandchildren attending the ceremony.

“It’s quite an honor, we’re all very excited,” said Betty Snodderly.  She is also excited her family will be visiting and that her grandson Cooper will be participating in the dedication for his grandfather.

“Ken loved the city and he loved children, so he put it together and you have got a park,” Betty Snodderly said.

The park is located behind the new LaFollette Elementary School on Back Valley Road; for directions, follow signs from the LaFollette Middle School.

After the dedication, the park will officially be open.  Hours of operation are scheduled to be from daylight till dark, Monday through Friday.