We are grateful that the 2019 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks was another huge success thanks to our inspiring speaker and the more than 1,000 sponsors and Friends who gathered at Johnson University along the beautiful French Broad River to support our work. David McLain, National Geographic explorer, photographer and member of the Blue Zone exploration team shared some secrets to longevity, gathered from his experience researching the Blue Zones – the five places on earth where you are likely to live past 100 years old.

We were also thrilled to share the news of the recent and upcoming projects

  • A new partnership with UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm to develop concept plan to make the park an even more attractive site for innovative businesses to locate a well as enhance the park for the entire public to enjoy.
  • A $15,000 grant from the Siddiqi Foundation will fund Knoxville’s first all-inclusive trail on the 42-acres of land that was donated to Legacy Parks in 2017 that connects to the existing Sharp’s Ridge Memorial Park. The grant will also fund the purchase of four all-terrain wheelchairs that will be available to rent for a nominal fee from a local bike shop.
  • The French Broad River will gain a new public access point at Johnson University’s riverfront campus. The University is also working to create a network of 8-miles of multi-use trails.
  • A grant from TWRA will fund a new public access point on Beaver Creek behind Powell High School, furthering Legacy Park’s mission to create more access to our incredible waterways.
  • Blue Water Industries is donating a beautiful parcel of land on the French Broad River that will become a new Veterans Memorial Park offering a place for reflection, commemoration and celebration, overlooking the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery

The Legacy Luncheon for the Parks is our biggest fundraiser of the year, which allows us to continue our work of expanding and accessing our parks, trails, and waterways. A huge thank you goes to all of our sponsors, our elected officials in attendance, our wonderful board of directors, Johnson University for hosting us at the spectacular campus, and everyone who supported this wonderful event.