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Current Projects

Angora Frog Farm

A new one-of-a-kind story themed park is being created in the heart of Powell. Arvin and Sabra Brown donated the 12-acres of land that the park will be located on to Legacy Parks in 2020. The Brown’s family folk tales about hairy frogs that only reside in this one special place in Powell, TN inspired us to create the whimsical Angora Frog Farm story. Created for little children with big imaginations, the story will guide you on many adventures that Arvin the Angora Frog experiences while he’s visiting the one and only Angora Frog Farm.

Partners: Knox County Parks and Recreation, American Rental Association, Toro, FirstBank, Daniel Wiseman, Blue Water Industries

A new veterans memorial park is being created along the French Broad River on 8.5-acres that was donated to Legacy Parks by Blue Water Industries. This park will provide a place for reflection, commemoration and celebration, overlooking the French Broad River and the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. 

Partners: Blue Water Industries, Knox County, East Tennessee Community Design Center, BarberMcMurry architects, S&ME, Hedstrom Design, Hickory Construction, The Thought Bureau

Legacy Parks is creating a 1.5-mile, virtually flat rail-with-trail alongside the Knoxville & Holston River Railroad from the edge of Chapman Highway to Island Home. The trail will provide an exceptional recreational and commuter connection for south Knoxville businesses, neighborhoods and destinations. 

Partners: Ross/Fowler, S&ME, Realty Trust Group, Gulf & Ohio Railway, Knoxville Track Club

Sharps Ridge Adaptive Trail

Playing in nature should be inclusive for all users. That’s why we are working to create all-access, adaptive trails in each quadrant of the county, and adding adaptive access points along our waterways so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

Partners: Knox County, City of Knoxville

Completed Projects

Intergenerational Playspace at Beverly Park
With funding from the a Trinity Health Foundation grant, Legacy Parks created an Intergenerational Playspace at Beverly Park featuring therapeutic, rehabilitative, and play activities for all generations and abilities. The Playspace features a central activity area surrounded by a walking track with handrail.

Partners: Trinity Health Foundation, Humana, Siddiqi Foundation, Hillcrest Healthcare, Knox County Parks & Recreation, TVA Retirees Association/Bicentennial Volunteers, Ross/Fowler, Knox County Health Department

Scott Cleland Trail at West Hills Park
A new beautiful, wooded 1-mile trail was created at West Hills Park that provides an opportunity for people to get into the woods, in the middle of the city.

Partners: City of Knoxville, Contour Trail Design, West Hills Neighborhood Homeowners Association

Collier Preserve
Legacy Parks permanently conserved a 12-acre natural area in the heart of Powell donated by the Collier family. The land was transformed into a community park with access to scenic Beaver Creek and the opportunity to observe the wildlife in a natural setting. The county park includes a walking trail, a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek and a storybook trail.

Partners: Tennessee Recreational Trails Program, Knox County, Merit Construction, Trey Benefield, S&ME, TVA Retirees Association/Bicentennial Volunteers, Trees Knoxville, Knox County Master Gardeners, Foothills Land Conservancy, Knox County Public Library

Big Rock Pass
Legacy Parks created a new .3 mile trail connecting Mary Vestal Park to Fort Dickerson Park at the lower Augusta Quarry entrance. This new trail is an integral connection within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

Partners: Contour Trail Design, City of Knoxville, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

Dogwood Community Trails
Legacy Parks constructed an adaptive pathway and redesigned the existing Dogwood Community Trails behind the school to accommodate access for all. The new pathway leads from the school’s playground to an existing paved path that leads to the trails and outdoor classroom. The trail leading to the outdoor classroom was modified to accommodate adaptive mountain bikes and all-terrain wheelchairs – allowing all students including those with disabilities – access to the trails and outdoor classroom. Legacy Parks also donated a GRIT all-terrain wheelchair to the school for use by students on the trail.

Partners: REI, City of Knoxville, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Knox County, Knox Education Foundation, CAC Americorp, Knox County Health Department, Lindbergh Forest Community, Sierra Club, Ijams Nature Center, Private Landowners

Lippencott Trail
Legacy Parks created a new trail connecting Dogwood Elementary School to Stanley-Lippencott Park. This trail connects the school and neighborhoods to the park, and makes it easier for kids and the community to get out and play in the woods.

Partners: REI, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

Red Mill Dam
Legacy Parks accepted an anonymous donation for the purpose of purchasing the 6.43-acre historic Red Mill Dam property and conveyance of the land to the Town of Farragut.

Partners: Town of Farragut

BlueCross Healthy Place at Morningside Park
Legacy Parks successfully applied for a $5 million BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Place grant for Morningside Park, working on behalf of the City of Knoxville. Improvements to the park will include accessible trails, fitness stations and playgrounds, a multi-use field and covered pavilions. The 36-acre park, located adjacent to downtown, is surrounded by university and multi-family apartments, as well as a high-rise community for seniors, including those with disabilities and two elementary schools are also within walking distance. The park serves diverse groups of residents and these improvements will allow users of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of the park.

Partners: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, City of Knoxville Parks & Recreation, Ross/Fowler

I.C. King Park Expansion
Legacy Parks assisted Knox County with a major expansion of the existing county park by obtaining a land easement for trail expansion with grant funding from REI. The new trail connects the new parking lot to the existing 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.

Partners: Knox County, REI, AMBC, TVA Retirees Association/Bicentennial Volunteers

Ijams Primal Playground
Legacy Parks helped Ijams Nature Center create the first of its kind, Primal Playground – an outdoor exercise and training course that utilizes natural materials to engage a full body workout by incorporating landscape features such as boulders, logs and trees with customizable plans designed by a physical fitness expert.

Partners: Siddiqi Foundation, Earthadelic Landscape and Construction, Ijams Nature Center

Oak Ridge Trails
Legacy Parks is working with the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge trail advocates to expand the trail network on DOE land in Anderson County. Legacy Parks currently holds five new trail easements.

Partners: Department of Energy, Clinch Valley Trail Alliance, UCOR, UT-Batelle, CNS/Y-12, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Oak Ridge Natural Asset Guidebook
Legacy Parks spearheaded the collaborative project at the request of the City of Oak Ridge and civic and business leaders from Roane and Anderson Counties to explore the city’s recreational opportunities and enhancement of the area’s natural assets.

Partners: UCOR, UT-Batelle, CNS/Y-12, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Sharp’s Ridge Playspace and Adaptive Trails
With funding from the Trinity Foundation, Legacy Parks created a playground, bike skills area and two multi-use trails on the 42-acres donated to the Foundation by Allen Dick, including our region’s first all-access, adaptive trail. This new trail will allow users with disabilities to get out and play in the woods! The two miles of trail twists and winds down to the base, connecting the north side of the ridge to the existing trail system on the other side of the ridge. A new playground and bike skills area provides the community with a place to play, providing easy access to nature.

Partners: Trinity Health Foundation, Barge Design Solutions, Siddiqi Foundation, City of Knoxville, East Tennessee Community Design Center

River Bluff Natural Area
Legacy Parks raised $1.5 million to acquire a former civil war battle site – and the last unconserved viewshed along Knoxville’s south waterfront. Legacy Parks donated the property to the City of Knoxville in 2015 to become a City Park. The property is a key site in the proposed Battlefield Loop that will connect this battle site with the three adjacent Civil War forts and will be the west node of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

Clayton Park in Halls
Legacy Parks raised funds to purchase an old homesite in Halls which became a county park. It is now a beautiful gathering place in north Knox County.

Partners: Knox County, Jim Clayton, private donors

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness
Legacy Parks pioneered the recreational, cultural, and historic preservation initiative which incorporates over 1,000 forested acres along downtown’s south waterfront. It is a spectacular outdoor adventure area where you can hike, bike, climb, paddle or just wander in the woods – all within the heart of the city.

Baker Creek Preserve
Legacy Parks transformed 100 acres of land donated to the Foundation by the Wood Family into an outdoor adventure destination for adventurers of all ages and levels of experience. Utilizing grants from the State of Tennessee, Siddiqi Foundation, REI, Bell Helmets, and an abundance of volunteer time and donated goods and services – including a major landscaping project donated by Earthadelic – the project includes six multi-use trails, three dedicated downhill mountain bike trails, a kids pump track, an intermediate pump track, an adventure playground, and a beautiful meadow for events and play. The Baker Creek Preserve is within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness which encompasses fifty connected miles of trails, connecting many parks, playgrounds, rivers, quarries and historical sites.

Partners: State of Tennessee, City of Knoxville, AMBC, REI, Siddiqi Foundation, Earthadelic

Baker Creek Play Forest
With funding from the Trinity Foundation, Legacy Parks created an adventure play space targeted to encourage increased physical activity among middle school aged children. The Play Forest is situated in the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, adjacent Baker Creek Preserve and South Doyle Middle School. The Play Forest is connected via trail with the rest of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

Partners: Knox County Schools, Knox County Health Department, Ross/Fowler, Bryant Research, City of Knoxville

Imerys Marble at Ijams Quarries
The 104-acres Imerys Marble Quarry property was donated to Legacy Parks and now serves as a major trailhead for Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop Trails and is a popular addition to the Ijams Nature Center.

Partners: Ijams Nature Center, City of Knoxville

Roy Arthur Stormwater Park
Legacy Parks transformed 19-acres donated to the foundation in 2008 into Knox County’s first Stormwater Demonstration Park. Two wetland ponds, a rain garden, and native plants are surrounded by a walking trail, and a kayak/canoe launch provides key access to the Beaver Creek Water Trail.

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

French Memorial Park Expansion
Legacy Parks helped connect a south Knox County neighborhood to a library and school by securing the donation of a connecting parcel of land.

Partners: Knox County

Seven Islands State Birding Park
Legacy Parks managed Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge for the three years during its transition from a county park to a state park and secured over $98,000 in grants to fund extensive habitat restoration.

Partners: Tennessee State Parks, TVA, Knox County

South Loop Trails Legacy Parks partnered with multiple individuals and organizations to establish the South Loop Trail system, more than 50-miles of natural surface trails connecting five parks and natural areas with public and private land creating exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. The trails connect Ijams Nature Center, Ross Marble and Mead’s Quarries, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, William Hastie Natural Area, and Marie Myers Park.

Partners: City of Knoxville, AMBC, Ijams Nature Center, TWRA, private land owners

Accessing Waterways​

Current Projects

The Holston, French Broad, and Tennessee Rivers are tremendous natural assets with exceptional recreational potential for Knox and surrounding counties. Legacy Parks is collaborating with TVA, TWRA, Tennessee State Parks, and local communities to help promote the health of and access to our waterways by obtaining land and easements to establish new launch areas, preserve shorelines and conserve farmland and open space.

Partners: Knox County,TWRA, TVA, City of Knoxville, UT Research Park at Cherokee Farm, BoardSafe Docks

Legacy Parks’ Natural Shores Project is a voluntary shoreline protection program to promote and protect the health and natural beauty of the French Broad River from Seven Islands State Birding Park to the Head of the Tennessee River. In partnership with the French Broad Preservation Association, Legacy Parks created the Landowner Enhancement Guide, a comprehensive guide of land enhancement programs for private landowners.

Legacy Parks signed the first Natural Shores agreement on Old French Road along the French Broad River with landowners Cathy Murphy and John Manuel, agreeing to permanently protect the shoreline of their riverfront property.

Beaver Creek Water Trail

Beaver Creek spans nearly the entirety of Knox County – connecting Halls to Powell and continuing to Solway. Working with community and elected leaders, Legacy Parks is helping protect and provide access to the creek by creating trails, boat launches, adding parks and conserving land along Beaver Creek.

Partners: Powell Business & Professional Association, East Tennessee Community Design Center, Knox County Public Works, Knox County Stormwater, Beaver Creek Kayak Club

Powell High Landing

Playing in nature should be inclusive for all users. That’s why we are working to create all-access, adaptive trails in each quadrant of the county, and adding adaptive access points along our waterways so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of being outdoors.

Partners: City of Knoxville, Knox County

Completed Projects

McBee Ferry Landing
Legacy Park launched the Head of Tennessee Initiative with the acquisition of McBee Ferry Landing on the Holston River. The property filled a gap within a 22-mile stretch with no other public access point. Legacy Parks conveyed the property to Knox County with funding for improvements. The waterfront park offers beautiful views of the historical Mascot bridge, a ramp for motorized and non-motorized boats, picnic areas and parking for boat trailers.

Partners: State of Tennessee Heritage Conservation Funds, TVA, Knox County

Seven Islands’ South Shore
Legacy Parks facilitated the expansion of Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge (now Seven Islands State Birding Park) across the French Broad River by purchasing 30-acres in south Knox County directly across the river from the main body of the park. Legacy Parks worked with Tennessee State Parks, TVA, and Knox County to improve the overall access to the park and the river.

Partners: Tennessee State Parks, TVA, Knox County</I

Cruze Landing
Legacy Parks acquired the Cruze Landing boat ramp in east Knoxville on the French Broad River. Cruze Landing is an integral public access point and will be conveyed to Knox County.

Partners: Knox County, TWRA, TVA

Powell High Landing
Legacy Parks worked with the Powell community to build an accessible, non-motorized boat dock and parking area on Beaver Creek behind Powell High School. This new access point makes paddling the creek much easier for all.

Partners: Cannon & Cannon, Joseph Construction Company, Aubrey’s Inc., TWRA

Roy Arthur Stormwater Park
Legacy Parks transformed 19-acres donated to the foundation in 2008 into Knox County’s first Stormwater Demonstration Park. Two wetland ponds, a rain garden, and native plants are surrounded by a walking trail, and a kayak/canoe launch provides key access to the Beaver Creek Water Trail.

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

Bicentennial Park Dock 
Legacy Parks increased public access to the Tennessee River in downtown Knoxville by assuming the lease on Bicentennial Park and building a new launch for non-motorized craft on the river.

Partners: City of Knoxville, Knoxville Adventure Collective

 

Adaptive Access

Completed Projects

Playing in nature should be inclusive for all users. Legacy Parks is working to create all-access, adaptive trails and adaptive water access so those with disabilities can experience the benefits of being in nature and enjoy the same recreational opportunities. Check out this video to learn why creating these all-access places is important.

With funding from the Trinity Foundation, Legacy Parks created a playground, bike skills area and two multi-use trails on the 42-acres donated to the Foundation by Allen Dick, including our region’s first all-access, adaptive trail. This new trail allows users with disabilities to get out and play in the woods! The two miles of trail twists and winds down to the base, connecting the north side of the ridge to the existing trail system on the other side of the ridge. A new playground and bike skills area provides the community with a place to play, providing easy access to nature.

Partners: Trinity Foundation, Barge Design Solutions, Siddiqi Foundation, City of Knoxville, East Tennessee Community Design Center

Powell High Landing

Legacy Parks worked with the Powell community to build an accessible, non-motorized boat dock and parking area on Beaver Creek behind Powell High School. This new access point makes paddling the creek much easier for all. 

Partners: Cannon & Cannon, Joseph Construction Company, Aubrey’s Inc. and a grant from TWRA

Dogwood Elementary School Trail Connection

Legacy Parks constructed an adaptive pathway and redesigned the existing Dogwood Community Trails behind the school to accommodate access for all. The new pathway leads from the school’s playground to an existing paved path that leads to the trails and outdoor classroom. The trail leading to the outdoor classroom was modified to accommodate adaptive mountain bikes and all-terrain wheelchairs – allowing all students including those with disabilities – access to the trails and outdoor classroom. Legacy Parks also donated a GRIT all-terrain wheelchair to the school for use by students on the trail.

Supporting Grassroots Projects

Completed Projects

Legacy Parks supports community groups that that wish to undertake a park-related project by serving as their non-profit fiscal agent. Over the past 10 years Legacy Parks has helped facilitate more than 20 projects and groups to include the following:

  • Bearden Council
  • Beaver Creek Water Trail
  • Knoxville Skatepark
  • East Tennessee’s Bridge Park
  • Everly Brothers Park
  • Forest Heights Park
  • Forever Parks Foundation
  • Fountain City Skatepark 
  • Friends of Cavett Station
  • Friends of Downtown Island Airport 
  • Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Highland Avenue Park
  • Knoxville Extreme Sports
  • Knoxville Police Department Canine Facility
  • My SonShine Fund
  • PetSafe Dog Parks
  • RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood
  • South Doyle Middle School Outdoor Classroom
  • South Knoxville Alliance
  • Trees Knoxville
  • TFR Support Fund
  • Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park

Contact us at 865-525-2585 to learn more. To help Legacy Parks continue its work throughout the community, become a Friend of Legacy Parks.

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