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Huntland city officials and the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation will hold the grand opening of the BlueCross Healthy Place at the Huntland City Park Saturday.

The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by food, fun, and giveaways.

Some of the many features of the BlueCross Healthy Place include a fully accessible playground with modern equipment, a full basketball court with bleachers, a walking track with outdoor fitness equipment, water fountains, picnic tables, grills, parking areas and an upgraded pavilion for hosting community gatherings.

Huntland Vice Mayor Ann Gardner had worked for years to raise funds toward building a new city park for the Huntland community.

Several committees were formed and various efforts were initiated to raise money to purchase new playground equipment.

Although the local Huntland community rallied together and supported fundraising efforts for a new playground, the possibility of finding the funds needed for the project seemed bleak.

Gardner persevered, and when she learned of the BlueCross BlueShield Health Foundation, she submitted a strong proposal on behalf of the Huntland community.

Eighty municipalities were interested in being selected by the BlueCross Health Foundation to receive funding for their various projects, but the years of hard work and Gardner’s strong proposal set Huntland apart from the other applicants.

Scott Wilson, director of Community Relations and Foundation, delivered the official announcement earlier this year that the Huntland community had been selected to receive a total investment of $936,000 toward the BlueCross Healthy Place at the Huntland City Park, which will bear the BlueCross Healthy Place name.

After several months of construction, the park’s completion is just a week away.

“We’re looking forward to the grand opening of the BlueCross Healthy Place at Huntland City Park, and we’re excited to give the space back to the community. We were proud to partner with local residents to make this vision a reality, and we hope the park improves the quality of life for the town for years to come,” Wilson said.