How to Donate

There are many ways to support Legacy Parks Foundation’s work to conserve our natural resources, create public places, and connect communities in East Tennessee! You can become and friend or you can choose to donate to one of our special projects. 

Become a Friend of Legacy Parks!

You can help conserve our natural resources, create public places and connect communities 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).

Being a Friend has benefits! You will receive recognition for your support, discounts at participating retailers and restaurants, invitations to special events and more!

Legacy Parks Foundation Friend Levels

Pathfinder $50

  • Recognition as a Friend on the website and in year-end report
  • Announcement as a Friend in e-newsletter
  • Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter
  • Discounts at participating merchants
  • Legacy Parks sticker

Adventurer  $100

  • All the above PLUS
  • Invitation to special Friends only event
  • A monthly listing at the appropriate level in our e-newsletter

Trailblazer  $250

  • All the above PLUS
  • Invitation to two signature events

Sojourner  $500

  • All the above PLUS
  • Advanced notice of events, activities & special announcements

Explorer  $1,000

  • All the above PLUS
  • Optional business profile feature in e-newsletter

Expeditionary  $2,500

  • All the above PLUS
  • A reserved table for 10 guests at the annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks and invitations to a limited-attendance event with our luncheon speaker

Join these Friends of Legacy Parks!

Anna & Tom Ford, Jean Gauger and Hiram Rogers, Ken Hicks, Deanna & Tim Hill, Audrine Honey, Teresa & Robert Levey, LeeAnne & Doug Smith, Karen & Richard Smith, Richard Stair

Sandi Burdick, Ed Campbell, Howard Capito, Ashley Capps & Maria Clark, Bart Carey, Louise & Bob Collier, Catherine Gilreath, Crissy & Bill Haslam, Joe Hollingsworth, Marv House, Katie & Blair Kline, Sandy & David Martin, Carol & Don Parnell, Sharon & Joe Pryse, Genetta & Will Pugh, Ruth & Ken Rueter, John Sanders, Stanley’s Plant Farm

Jeannie Bell, John Burkhart & Laura Powers, Nicki & Brad Collett, Mindy & Tom Coulter, Kimberly & Thomas Ford, Marsha & Duane Grieve, Tom Hannon,  Marty Hartsell, Jenny Hines, Hannah & Phillip Hopper, Leanne Kersey, Knoxville Steak Club, Catherine & Mark Mamantov, Raymond Oakes, Will Skelton, Mark Sollenberger,  Jo & Bill Terry, John Z.C. Thomas, George Wallace, Susan & Bill West

Lois & Clifford Beach, Gena Bozeman, Gayle Burnett, Vicki & Jeff Chapman, Madge Cleveland, Mary Fran Darwin, Evelyn & Robert Davis, Marguerite & Randal Graham, Marsha & Duane Grieve, Susan & Mark Mobley, Libby & Jeremy Nelson, Martha Olson, Joe Petre, Dennis Ragsdale, Bob Richards, Leo Riedinger, Julie Simpson, Todd Skelton, Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, Marilyn Sollenberger, Marshall Stair, Karen Sundback and John Owens, Laura Tappan, Tom Weiss, Linda & Jeff Welch, Annette & Barry Winston

Brad Adams, Kathleen & Paul Ambrose, Fred Anderson, Meg & David Arning, Gavin Baker, Mary Anne & Sam Beall, Heather Beck, Hal Bibee, Kimberly & John Billings, Dianne Blane, Christine Boake, Linda & H.T. Bolen, Sharon & Bruce Bosse, Brandon Bruce, Beth Childress, Maureen & Vince Cianciolo, Doug Colclasure, Kirby & Dave Collins, Michael Combs, Betsey Creekmore, Joan Cronan, Julianne Delzer, Steve Drevik, Laura Duncan, Victoria Durham, Diane & Warren Edwards, Jennifer Evans, Sue & Neil Fischer, Kelly Fletcher, Bruce Fox, Erin & Lee Freeman, Robin & Samuel French, Christine Gammon, Carol & David Giles, Erin Gill, Ashley & Peter Glander, Gayden Green, Kristin Lee Grove, Christine Hamilton, Beverley & Richard Hammond, Andrew Hampson, Becky Hancock, Happy Hikers, Heath Hildreth, Susan & Dennis Hunter, Keith Jackson, Debbie Jones, Patricia Jones, Nadim Jubran, Bill Keeler, Carlene & Mike LeCompte, Judy & David Lee, Jim Lilley, J Ford Little, Julia & Andy Lowe, Steve Madden, Janet & Bill Mason, Lisa & Billy Mason, Jen & Ryan McNally, Steve McGaffin, Julie Mitchell, Virginia & Bill Morrow, Kevin Murphy, J.D. Murr, Sarah & Brian Nelson, Judith Pelot, Courtney & John Read, Diane Reynolds, Keri & Steven Root, Ron Shrieves, Alan Solomon, Cindy Spangler, Stephanie Strutner, Sue & John Stuhl, Patti & Gregg Swersky, The RoundUp Restaurant, Robert Threlkeld, Janice & Scott Tocher, Earl Tortorich, Steve Walker, Tamara Warner, Sharon & Boyce Whitehead, Jessyca & Greg Williams, Lisa & Chad Wiles, Dara Worrell

Veterans Memorial

Overlooking the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery and the beautiful French Broad River, the French Broad Veterans Memorial Park will be a place for community events, family gatherings, special celebrations and private reflection to honor our East Tennessee veterans.

Nestled in the forest with a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains, this park will fill the need for a place where our veteran organizations and families can gather. Currently, the Veterans Cemetery holds three services a day, precluding the ability to host other events on that site. Once constructed, the park will be owned and managed by Knox County.

As a gathering place for all citizens, the Veterans Park will tell the story of the service and sacrifice by the veterans and families of our region. With nearly half a million veterans in Tennessee, a powerful story exists to be shared.

Find out about all the ways you can support this project.

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

Adaptive Access

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. Read more and watch the video…

Neighborhood Parks

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
  • Knoxville Skatepark
  • East Tennessee’s Bridge Park
  • Everly Brothers Park
  • Forever Parks Foundation
  • Fountain City Skatepark
  • 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
  • Trees Knoxville
  • Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park

We are supporting the following neighborhood parks:
Everly Bothers Park, Forest Heights Pocket Park, Cavett Station and Westwood Park

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.