Legacy Parks Foundation cut the ribbon on three new support stations today – providing water stations and one bike tune-up station for trail users at strategic locations within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.
Legacy Parks was awarded a $10,000 grant from REI, which funded the purchase and installation of the support stations located at Anderson School, View Park Drive, and Island Home Park. The addition of these support stations is a great asset to hikers, cyclists, trail runners, pets, nature observers, residents and visitors of all ages. These basic amenities help create a safer and more inviting experience for users and, in turn, will encourage increased and extended use of the trails.
“With the increasing number of first-time users – those often unfamiliar with the preparation needed for a good trail experience – these water and repair stations will help ensure a good first experience and return visit,” said Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation. “Additionally, the unique close-to-town location of these trails allows them to be used during lunch breaks, after work and in short periods throughout the day. Simply providing water for trail users makes the experience a much easier unplanned opportunity and, in doing so, much more likely to happen.”
Legacy Parks partnered with REI, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Clean Water Network, Knox County Parks & Recreation, and City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation to bring the support stations to fruition.
Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, a recreational, cultural, and historic preservation initiative championed by Legacy Parks Foundation, incorporates 1,000 forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. It creates an exceptional recreation and historic corridor inviting residents and visitors to experience the special character-defining assets of our city. With nearly 50 miles of multi-use trails, 10 parks, four civil war sites, incredible views, and unparalleled natural features, this unique area provides a premiere outdoor experience.