For the sixth consecutive year, REI is showing its support for Legacy Parks Foundation and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through a $8,000 grant to to design and construct a trail at I.C. King Park that will connect the new parking lot to the existing Urban Wilderness trails network on the backside of the property. The expansion of these trails is important because it provides new access point into the trail systems for the neighboring communities and will tie together the currently isolated 8-miles of trails into the interconnected loop of 50+ miles of Urban Wilderness trails!

REI began contributing to the trails of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness in 2014, and has given significant support since, including funding for a bridge, a kid’s trail, a junior pump track, water stations throughout the Urban Wilderness, and a trail connection from Dogwood Elementary School to Stanley-Lippencott Park.

This project is a collaboration of several active community partners including the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, City of Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and private landowners – the same core group who has collaborated to connect and access Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.