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Kiwanis park to be named after Gene Price

An Erwin Kiwanis children’s park under construction near the Erwin Linear Trail now has official name, and, with that name, the park has a lot to live up to.
It will be formally known as the Kiwanis Club Gene Price Children’s Park, named after the prolific 57-year Kiwanian member.
Price died in 2007, but he had spent his adult life as a champion of Kiwanis and is the only club member from the local club to ever serve as governor for the international service club.
“The club is really pleased to honor Gene Price by naming the park in honor of him. Gene was a legend in the Kiwanis Club and the community,” Kiwanis member Jim Wozniak said. “Ask any longtime Unicoi County resident about the Erwin Kiwanis Club, and the name of Gene Price is sure to come to mind. Many members of our club have contributed significantly to the welfare of Unicoi County through our club’s outreach efforts, but Gene’s leadership really stands out.”
Price was governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee District of Kiwanis International in 1979. He was the local club’s president in 1953 and secretary for 33 years. He was a professor at Milligan College.
Wozniak also said Price was chosen for his charitable works outside of Kiwanis, as well, calling him a pillar of the community.
“Gene was also a pillar of the community and region who left large footprints at First Christian Church in Erwin and Milligan College, just to name a few places,” Wozniak said. “He was a joy to be around, and we’re excited generations to come will be able to celebrate his legacy through the naming of this park.”
According to Sarah Bailey, chairman of the Kiwanis Park Planning Committee, two large playground sets have been placed at the site with another special needs piece to follow later this month. The club will continue to develop the project piece-by-piece, and she hopes to see the park near completion in the spring.