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We’re creating new magical places every day.

You can help.

A donation to Legacy Parks directly funds our work to conserve natural resources, create public spaces and connect communities.  Thank you for considering Legacy Parks as an organization worthy of your support.

Ways to contribute

You can help support our mission by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks!

Your donation directly funds our work to preserve our area’s extraordinary natural resources, expand parks, create trails and connect greenways, preserve our shorelines and increase access to our rivers. Your generosity will make a difference in our community by allowing us to continue our work. We hope you will consider becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks today!

For your convenience, we now offer automatic annual or monthly payment options.

You may also make a donation in memory or in honor of someone special, as a meaningful way to show care and support. We will send an acknowledgement of your gift to the designated individual or family (your gift amount will not be disclosed).


Affinity Partners commit to donating a minimum of $1,000 in goods, services or funds annually and promoting their partnership with Legacy Parks in their ongoing communications to their clients and customers. Your organization will receive the following benefits for your support:

  • Logo featured on with a link to your website
  • A business profile in one of our monthly e-newsletters as our Featured Affinity Partners
  • Opportunities to participate in special promotions that encourage business for you while supporting Legacy Parks
  • Advanced notice and invitation to Legacy Parks events

To become an Affinity Partner or to discuss ways to maximize your involvement with Legacy Parks Foundation, contact Sarah Rump.

Gifts of Land

We work to enrich and enhance community health and livability by improving, preserving, maintaining and creating access to natural assets and recreational opportunities in Knox County and the East Tennessee region.

A donation of land helps us accomplish these goals while meeting the needs and wishes of landowners. There may be tax benefits associated with a donation of property to the Foundation.

Trail Easements

A trail easement is a legal agreement between Legacy Parks Foundation and a private landowner that permits construction of a public trail on private property in return for release from liability or maintenance of the trail.  We secure and maintain trail easements with private landowners to facilitate trail development and trail connections with existing trails.

There may be tax benefits associated with a donation of a trail easement.

Conservation Easement

A conservation easement is a legally binding agreement that limits certain types of uses or prevents development from taking place on the land in perpetuity while the land remains in private hands.

Conservation easements protect land for future generations while allowing owners to retain many private property rights and to live on and use their land. There may be tax benefits associated with a conservation easement.

To discuss gifts of land or easements please contact Carol Evans at (865) 525-2585.

Through Planned Giving, you have the opportunity to leave a legacy. Your gift will play a strong role in ensuring our area’s extraordinary natural resources and exceptional recreational opportunities can be enjoyed by generations to come.

For more information on donor advised funds, bequests, trusts and planned gifts, contact Carol Evans at 865-525-2585. 

Legacy Parks supports community groups that that wish to undertake park-related projects by serving as their non-profit fiscal agent. Over the past 10 years Legacy Parks has helped facilitate more than 15 projects and groups to include the following:
  • Bearden Council
  • Cavett Station
  • Knoxville Skatepark
  • East Tennessee’s Bridge Park
  • Everly Brothers Park
  • Forever Parks Foundation
  • Forest Heights Pocket Park
  • Fountain City Skatepark
  • Friends of Downtown Island Airport
  • Friends of Seven Islands State Birding Park
  • Highland Avenue Park
  • Knoxville Extreme Sports
  • Knoxville Police Department Canine Facility
  • PetSafe Dog Parks
  • RiverHill Gateway Neighborhood
  • South Doyle Middle School Outdoor Classroom
  • South Knoxville Alliance
  • TFR Support Fund
  • Trees Knoxville
  • Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park
We are currently supporting the following community projects: My SonShine Fund For other parks projects, please contact us at 865-525-2585. To help Legacy Parks continue its work throughout the community, become a Friend of Legacy Parks.
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