When Collierville Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Chip Petersen started with the Town of Collierville in 1995, the Town was getting ready to embark on some impressive changes. With a sizable expected population growth and amenities needed to efficiently compliment the community, the Collierville Parks Department had a lot of work to accomplish.
"We did a lot of updates to existing parks," said Chip, "But what was really fun... building something from the ground up, like we did in Hinton Park."
During his 20 years with the Town of Collierville, Chip was involved with shaping much of the Town’s landscape as we know it today.
Three of the Town of Collierville’s Finance Department employees have completed the requirements to receive state certification as Municipal Financial Officers.
Lora Scarlett, Cherie Jensen and Lori Darty all went through the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) program for certification. The one year program consists of 11 classes that cover subjects essential to municipal finance, including budgeting, internal controls, auditing, governmental accounting and reporting.
There are things going on in Collierville that you know absolutely nothing about. But Mike Cannon knows. Down to every light bulb, fire extinguisher and flagpole, he knows.
Cannon (pictured) is the manager of the Town of Collierville’s General Services Department, a group of 8 men who keep things running in all of the Town’s facilities.
“We cover 470,000 feet of the Town’s property,” says Cannon. “Town Hall, the library, the community center, park buildings, the log cabin, the train car and the caboose – anything to do with the Town’s facilities, we take care of it.”
10. Collierville culture: history, art, education and all-around enrichment.
9. Fantastic neighborhoods and active neighborhood associations
8. Sense of community and pride shared among residents, businesses and elected officials.
7. Numerous parks and Greenbelt trails that offer something for everyone.
Occasionally, you may see a Collierville Codes Compliance truck passing through your neighborhood. The officer may be following up on open cases, looking out for violations or simply familiarizing himself with the residents in the area. Although it may not be the connotation, Collierville Code Compliance Officers are actually in the customer service business.
“I like my job because I interact with residents every day. I’m a people person, and one of my favorite things to do is get to know the people in my assigned areas,” commented Code Compliance Officer, Richard Simmons. (Pictured.)
The 2016 Spray Park pass for Johnson Park is now available at the Cox Community Center at 440 West Powell Rd. Everyone will need a new pass for this season (2015 passes will not be valid.)
Collierville residents must bring proof of residency to the Parks and Recreation office to receive a free resident/season card. The Parks Administrative Office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To see a completed list of Spray Park rules and regulations visit the Collierville Parks website here.
The Town of Collierville Engineering Department needs your help planting trees to reduce pollution by filtering stormwater runoff before it reaches our beautiful streams and rivers. Through the simple act of planting a seed, this environmental contribution is accomplished!
On Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 10am at Halle Park (behind Town Hall) 500 Poplar View Parkway, volunteer to plant seeds here in Collierville. This event will be part of a state-wide initiative to plant 50,000 seeds for trees in one hour! To register for the Town Engineering Department’s planting event, contact Jason Walters at (901) 457-2303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need some Spring Break ideas? How about a hike in a park? To encourage kids of all ages to visit our national, state and local Collierville Parks, the Collierville Burch Library has "Explorer Backpacks" available for checkout. Each backpack contains items for exploration including a magnifying glass, binoculars and informational guides for local Collierville parks.
"It is with great pride that I introduce you to our 2015 Citizens’ Report. Although a year-end report is often a look back at the successes of the year, I can’t help but feel that annual successes also represent a gaze into our future. Good organizations take advantage of every opportunity to plan for the future and much of what we accomplished in 2015 is a foundation for future growth and improvements." - Mayor Stan Joyner
View the 2015 Citizens' Report from the Town of Collierville online here.