Parks and Recreation

Department Structure, Facts and Facilities

The Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Department was formed by a group of individuals in 1979 to serve all the citizens of Brownsville and Haywood County. The board has five members, and they meet monthly, every third Monday at 4:45 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation building. All meetings are open to the public. Conservation Board members are Chairman: Gem Bell, Vice Chair – Joe Barden, Leon King, Edith Giles Williams, and Greg Vanstory.

Undrae Johnson, a native of Haywood County. Undrae grew up in the small town of Stanton TN.
He was taught his moral principles and work ethics by his parents, Armstad and Dorothy Johnson.
He was educated in the public school system. He graduated from Haywood High School 1988. He continued his education and attended Jackson State Community College.
After the returning home from college, in 1994 he married Rena Wilson Johnson and they are the proud parents of three beautiful and blessed children. Undrae is well known in the Brownsville and Haywood County community.
In 1996 he started his career at the Procter and Gamble Company. For 22 years he had several roles and assignments in leadership across the site. The most passionate role was serving as Site Safety Coordinator/Trainer. My role consists of coaching hundreds of employees on personal safety, environmental and leadership.
In 2005, he founded the Family Life Fellowship Ministries. The ministry assignment has an outreach focus, to empower and restore, by ministering to the total man.  Family Life Fellowship Ministries also provides free community seminars targeting various issues including; finance, marriage, children, teens and health. Pastor Johnson phrased this quote to the ministry: “It’s all about love”
In 2014, Undrae partnered with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and UT Extension to help resolve an obesity problem in our city and county. Undrae led the faith-based community by providing informative classes and exercise during his morning services. He was also awarded exercise equipment to help facilitate outdoor activities for the community. Undrae has spoken on numerous occasions to community groups and area wide group promoting healthy lifestyles in rural areas. In an effort to help with unhealthy lifestyles he implemented contests to encourage others to join in the efforts.
In 2017 he was chosen to be the key note speaker for the UT extension regional meeting in Murfreesboro TN and to represents the State of Tennessee as a member of the State Advisory Council for the 2018-2020 terms.
Undrae started his career as director of Brownsville/Haywood County Parks and Recreation on May 29, 2018. His goal for Parks & Recreation is to rebuild programs that will promote healthy lifestyles for families in our community. Provide fun filled activities to bring cohesiveness to the fabric of our community. Continue to build a closer working relationship with other departments that serves our community. Engage and collaborate with our Schools, Civic Organizations, Non-profits and communities to help make Brownsville and Haywood County a great place to live, work and play.

The Parks and Recreation Department has eight full-time and two part-time employees. Melba Mitchell is Officer Manager/Administrative Assistant. Tommy Waddell is turf manager, and Lonnell Rogers is in maintenance. Groundskeepers are Tim Roten, Tim McCottrell, and Pete Padilla. Housekeepers are Betty Delaney and James Chapman. Anthony Rankin and Emma Hodge are part-time.

The Parks and Recreation Department runs a summer camp and serves more than 100 children each summer. Next to the WOW building across from the Parks and Recreation Office, we have outdoor exercise equipment in cooperation with the UT Extension Service.

The Parks and Recreation Department also co-sponsors several charitable and community events, such as the American Cancer Relay for Life event, throughout the year with local groups and organizations.

Anyone interested in using the Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation facilities may call 731-772-6693 for more information.


Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Department

Administrative Office
100 Boyd Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: – 731-772-6693
Fax: 731-779-0140

College Hill Museum

127 North Grand Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012
Phone: 731-772-4883
Theater office: 731-772-1893
Cultural Arts Supervisor: Achana Jarrett

College Hill

College Hill

College Hill Cafeteria

College Hill Cafeteria

College Hill Head Start

College Hill Head Start

College Hill Tennis Courts

College Hill Tennis Courts

College Hill Complex

The Ann L. Marks Performing Arts Theater seats 420 people. This building, which is one of the counties’ oldest, is used for various activities such as high school plays, dance recitals, gospel singing, and various other activities that the Brownsville-Haywood County Arts Council sponsors and brings into the community.

College Hill Center

The center has a full kitchen and a meeting room that will seat from 90 to 110 people. It houses three museums, the Felsenthal Lincoln Collection, the Haywood County Museum and the Haywood County Sports Museum.

Achana Jarrett is the Cultural Arts Supervisor for the Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Department. She has an office in the historic College Hill Center building.

The partnership between these two organizations has been advantageous for both – making the local arts council more visible and active through its participation in community programs and partnerships.

The Arts Council, comprised of the supervisor and a 20-member board, meets monthly to plan and implement programs for the community.

Among the events they sponsor is the Arts in the Schools program that plans events for the county’s six schools each year. Students have enjoyed productions such as Showagon of Theatre Memphis’s “Grimm Forever After,” which was presented to kindergartners; “Shakespeare Express” for high school students; UT Martin’s Steel Band’s presentation of “Musica Celebrations of Africa” for middle school and junior high students; and The Art Center of Cannon County’s productions of “School House Rock” and “Ransom of Red Chief.”

The Arts Council also offers:

  • An annual Christmas program that includes musical presentations by school choirs, a visit from Santa, a Train Village, holiday collections, etc.
  • An annual free concert on the lawn of College Hill
  • A three-event season ticket package

Samples of past events are the community production of “Annie,” the community musical “A Broadway Review,” Springer Theatrical of Columbus, Georgia, on tour with “Closer Walk with Patsy Cline,” the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and the Art Center of Cannon County has brought “Driving Miss Daisy” and “God’s Man in Texas.”

The Arts Council also presents a Haywood High School graduating senior, majoring in the fine arts, with a $1,000 scholarship each year.

Recipients may apply for additional scholarship money in their sophomore, junior and senior years of college if they retain a 3.0 GPA and continue as an art major.

The Arts Council has been fortunate to receive grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission to help fund many events. Grants have helped with programming, technical assistance, touring artists and Tennessee artists.

College Hill Cafeteria

This building, which also has a full kitchen, has seating capacity of about 120 people. It also has several offices that are used by Southwest Human Resource Agency for Head Start classes.

In addition, the College Hill Center has another building which houses the Brownsville-Haywood County Senior Center, and it has four tennis courts with lights, and one ball field.

East Side Complex

The East Side Complex has one adult softball field with concession stand and bathrooms, soccer fields, a skate park, and a horse arena with a concession stand that has bathrooms.

East Side Complex

Volunteer Park Complex

The Volunteer Park Complex has four baseball fields, used by the Dixie Youth and Boys leagues and Volunteer Park with 2 pavilions, restrooms and a playground. The pavilions can be reserved for family gatherings.


Park of DreamsPark of Dreams

The Park of Dreams is a 8,000 square foot playground designed to be accessible to the special needs of children with disabilities while maintaining its main purpose to encourage the inclusion of ALL CHILDREN at playtime.

The project is a result of a three year effort made by a committee of 15 local citizens who saw a need and decided to rally the community behind their vision.

Funding for this project came from the State of Tennessee LPRF Grant, the City of Brownsville, Haywood County, and private donations raised by the committee.

The Park of Dreams is located in the Industrial Park. For more information, call 772-6693.

John B. Hooper Memorial Stadium
L.Z. Hurley Memorial Field

L. Z. Hurley Memorial Field

Methodist Hospital Softball Complex

The Methodist Hospital Softball Complex has four softball fields, used by the Dixie Girls Softball league and the Haywood Junior High and Haywood High School girls softball teams.


Parks and Recreation Main Office Complex

Included in the Brownsville-Haywood County Parks and Recreation Main Office Complex are one ball field, a swimming pool, a playground, the administrative office for the department, and it has a meeting room with a full kitchen that will seat about 200 people. Additional offices in this building are used by other agencies. The swimming pool is available for private rental for pool parties from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


WOW-BuildingWoodmen of the World Building

The Parks and Recreation Department also manages the Woodmen of the World building, located on Boyd Avenue across from the Parks and Recreation office and across the parking lot from the stadium.

This building, which has a full kitchen and seats about 100 people, is available for rental.

Northside Park

This park was completed in June 2006 and has two full-size outdoor basketball courts with one court that can be used for volleyball, and a playground and pavilion. The Parks and Recreation Department also has three other parks in Haywood County that we help maintain along with the community where the parks are located. They are, Douglas Park, Pilgrim’s Rest Park and Forked Deer Park. Each of these parks has walking tracks, playgrounds and picnic areas.

NorthSide Park

Forked Deer Park

Forked Deer Park

Forked Deer Park

Forked Deer Park

Forked Deer Park

Forked Deer Park

Passive Park

Douglas Park