Legacy Parks Foundation announced the launch of a $1.5 million fundraising campaign to create a new Veterans Memorial Park along the French Broad River.

The park will be created on a parcel of land located off John Sevier Highway that overlooks the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery and the beautiful French Broad River. The property was donated to Legacy Parks by Blue Water Industries.

This memorial park will provide a place for reflection, commemoration and celebration – and will be designed by veterans organizations with the help of the East Tennessee Community Design Center. Plans include a covered pavilion for services, meditation and private areas for reflection overlooking the beautiful French Broad River, memorials and benches along an accessible walkway, and a natural surface path that winds along the edge of the river bluff.

Mayor Glenn Jacobs kicked off the fundraising effort with a donation of $250,000 from Knox County.

Click here to learn more about ways to support the Veterans Memorial Park.