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Roy Arthur Stormwater Park

Legacy Parks created the unique stormwater demonstration park on 19-acres of donated property in west Knox County.

This collaborative project transformed an exposed clay soil mining area into a beautiful passive public park that can be used by professionals to teach about stormwater management practices and by the public for recreation and enjoyment of our region’s fauna and flora. It contains two constructed stormwater wetland ponds that divert neighborhood runoff, a rain garden that treats stormwater runoff, established native vegetation, a three-quarter mile walking trail, and a kayak/canoe launch connected to the Beaver Creek Water Trail.

Roy Arthur Stormwater Park serves as both a park and a community model for green practices such as rain gardens, wetland ponds, and riparian buffers.

Originally named the Harrell Road Stormwater Park, the park was renamed in 2020 to honor Roy Arthur, a member of Legacy Parks’ Land Conservation Committee who took the lead with this project, putting in countless volunteer hours coordinating the project. Roy put together public and private partnerships, coordinated federal and local employees and volunteers of all ages, and acquired almost half of the park’s cost in donations.

In April 2022, Legacy Parks and Knox County Parks installed an adaptive kayak launch to enhance the paddling experience and create access for all to the Beaver Creek Water Trail.

Project Partners

East Tennessee Community Design Center, Knox County Parks & Recreation, Knox County Stormwater Management, TDEC Watershed Management, West Knox Utility District

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