LOCATION: Johnson City, Tennessee
- Lee Gentry
- Don Mauldin
- Jason Foster
- Jim Albert
COST: $4.5 Million
- Long Term Flood Remediation Plan
- Reduced Impervious Area
- Temporary Stream Diversion
- Culvert Located Under Buildings
Out of sight under an old warehouse, a 700 feet long segment of urban stream sees daylight for the first time in 80 years. The Founders Park project is an exciting first step in Johnson City’s economic revitalization and stormwater improvement Master Plan for the City’s downtown historic district. The downtown historic district of Johnson City, Tennessee is located at the intersection of two large urban streams King Creek and Brush Creek. Through the downtown area, these creeks are captured by large culverts that underlie the historic district.
However, for many decades the district has been plagued by flooding due to infrastructure limitations and increasing urbanization of the upstream watershed. This flooding has resulted in limited economic and cultural utilization of what is otherwise a uniquely attractive part of this vibrant city. With this in mind, City leadership developed a Master Plan. When implemented, this Master Plan will address economic and cultural revitalization, as well as flooding issues. The Plan consists of major stormwater infrastructure improvements, such as bypass channels and regional detention facilities. In addition, the Plan includes cultural features such as an outdoor amphitheater and a greenway park. The stormwater and public access features will be integrated into a seamless overall program. The first phase of the Plan is the recently-completed Founders Park project.
This project consisted of removing 700 feet of the Brush Creek triple barrel box culvert located beneath an old warehouse, constructing an environmentally-enhancing channel, and constructing a 5 acre greenway park along the banks of the improved stream. Since the stream at that location has a drainage area of approximately seven square miles, one of the most challenging construction aspects of the project was phasing of the work and temporary diversion of the stream. The completed Founders Park project provides an outstanding public use area, improved local drainage, an environmentally improved stream, and an important first step in the implementation of the Master Plan.Back to Projects