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Nash County to operate Nashville’s Glover Park

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NASHVILLE — Nash County will take over the operation of Glover Park in Nashville and run the town’s youth and adult athletic programs under an interlocal agreement the Nash County Board of Commissioners approved last week.

The one-year agreement gives the county’s parks and recreation department full control over the town park as well as “athletic activities, events and programs” at the park.

In return, the town has agreed to budget $20,000 annually for capital improvements at the park, to be determined by the town council, as well as transfer ownership of athletic and field preparation equipment necessary to run football, cheerleading, baseball, soccer and basketball programs.

Thomas Gillespie, the county’s parks and recreation director, said discussion of the merger began in October.

“This merger will avoid overlapping athletic services and provide more cost-effective services to the citizens of the town and Nash County,” he said.

To avoid any duplication, the county has agreed not to offer any programs “other than youth and adult recreational team athletic programs” within the city limits of Nashville and the town will not offer such programs within city limits.

Nash County will keep all revenues generated from fees charged for athletic programs, rentals or other county events, but events sponsored by the town are exempt from rental fees and the county has agreed to “provide scholarships and/or financial assistance for needy participants at Glover Park, as may be determined by Nash County in its sole discretion.”

Gillespie told commissioners that an estimated $50,429 in additional funds will be needed to cover expenses for the remainder of the fiscal year. He said the town and county will both maintain appropriate personal injury and property damage insurance arising from the park’s use.

The agreement gives the town 90 days to move out of Glover Park.

In other business during the Jan. 21 meeting, commissioners approved recommended guidelines for nominating people or events to be included in the county’s Commemorative Courtyard established last year in front of the county administration building.

“The purpose of the Commemorative Courtyard is to acknowledge significant historical events, anniversaries, people or groups of people associated with or who have made important social, cultural or economic contributions to Nash County,” the guidelines state.

Under the new policy, the Board of Commissioners will evaluate nominations annually between Jan. 1 and March 31 of each year and select no more than two individuals, groups or events for recognition in September.

Individuals to be recognized must be from Nash County or have had “strong and/or enduring connections with the Nash County area and its history; or (have) made an important social, cultural or economic contribution to society in Nash County.”

For an event to be honored, “it must have occurred in Nash County and must mark a significant anniversary of an event of importance in the history and development of Nash County.”

Such events, the guidelines continue, “will have to of occurred at least 10 years previously unless it is of extraordinary and long-lasting consequences to Nash County.”