How to help

There are many ways to support Legacy Parks’ work to conserve our natural resources, create public places, and connect communities in East Tennessee!

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.

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

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).

Join these Friends of Legacy Parks!

Anna & Tom Ford, Deanna & Tim Hill, Home Federal Bank, Audrine Honey, Teresa & Robert Levey, LeeAnne & Doug Smith, Karen & Richard Smith, Richard Stair

Victor Ashe, Tom Benton, Sandi Burdick, Ed Campbell, Ashley Capps & Maria Clark, Madge Cleveland, Kim & Greg Gheen, Catherine Gilreath, Crissy & Bill Haslam, Jenny Hines, Joe Hollingsworth, Marv House, Phillip Lawson, Sharon & Joe Pryse, Stanley’s Plant Farm, Gordon Thomas, John Z.C. Thomas, Sandi Wilson

Kathleen & Paul Ambrose, John Burkhart & Laura Powers, Howard Capito, Bart Carey, Nicki & Brad Collett, Mindy & Tom Coulter, Jenny Eversole, Pam Fansler, Kimberly & Thomas Ford, Tom Hannon, Marty Hartsell, Adrian & Larsen Jay, Leanne Kersey, Catherine & Mark Mamantov, Sandy & David Martin, Raymond Oakes, Carol & Don Parnell, Dennis Ragsdale, Ruth & Ken Rueter, Will Skelton, George Wallace, WBIR, Susan & Bill West, Annette & Barry Winston

Susan Arp, Lois & Clifford Beach, John Becker, Bill Bruce, Gayle Burnett, Jeff Cooper, Evelyn & Robert Davis, Dean Farmer, Terry & Charlie Faulkner, Deborah & Steve Fritts, Marguerite & Randal Graham, Ashlea & Gerald Green, Marsha & Duane Grieve, Joanne Logan, Deborah Lutz, Jeremy Nelson, Maureen & John Patteson, Bob Richards, Willa & David Reister, Leo Riedinger, Finbarr Saunders, Jennifer Schroeder, Julie Simpson, Marshall Stair, Sue & John Stuhl, Amy Styles, Karen Sundback and John Owens, Laura Tappan, Jo & Bill Terry, Tom Weiss, Linda & Jeff Welch, Jessyca & Greg Williams, Susan Williams, Kathleen Wright

Brad Adams, Fred Anderson, Meg & David Arning, Adam Arnold, David Atkins, Gavin Baker, Thomas Ballard, Hal Bibee, Kimberly & John Billings, Dianne Blane, Christine Boake, Linda & H.T. Bolen, Daniel Boles, Sharon & Bruce Bosse, Gena Bozeman, Linda & Charlie Bozeman, Cardin Bradley, Tezel Brown, Brandon Bruce, Chris Cannon, Tiffany Carpenter, Matthew Castle, Alan & Nancy Cheatham, Betsy Child, Beth Childress, Maureen & Vince Cianciolo, Thomas Coburn, Doug Colclasure, Dave Collins, Michael Combs, Betsey Creekmore, Katharine Pearson Criss, Joan Cronan, Lauren Cunningham, Mary Fran Darwin, Wayne Davis, Robert Denovo, Vick Dyer, Diane Edwards, Carole & Ronald Englert, George Ewart, Carolyn Fairbank, Lynn Faust, Sue & Neil Fischer, Lara Fleming, Foothills Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, Michael Fowler, Bruce Fox, Linda Frazier, Louise Frazier, Erin & Lee Freeman, Robin & Samuel French, Jean Gauger & Hiram Rogers, Kathleen & Joe Gibi, Erin Gill, Ashley & Peter Glander, Matt Googe, Gayden Green, Paul Green, Kristin Lee Grove, Dorothy & John Habel, Keith Hagedorn, Beth & Mike Hamil, Christine Hamilton, Becky Hancock, Happy Hikers, Hatcher-Hill Properties, Kelly Headden, Heath Hildreth, Cameron & Brock Hill, Janie & Robert Hill, Barbara Hillard, Lila Honaker, Nikki & Chris Hood, Susan & Dennis Hunter, Keith Jackson, Ricky Jackson, Kim Janoyan, Tonjanita Johnson, Debbie Jones, Patricia Jones, Nadim Jubran, Roger Kane, Erin Kelbly, Kaye Kilgore, Carlene & Mike LeCompte, Lynne Liddington, J Ford Little, Beth & John Long, Susan & David Long, Julia & Andy Lowe, Linda Martin, Janet & Bill Mason, Callie Massey, Becky & Morton Massey, Jen & Ryan McNally, Nick Maute, Pamela McClain, Steve McGaffin, Patrick McMahon, Karly McMurry, Nancy Michaels, Julie Mitchell, Virginia & William Morrow, J.D. Murr, Sarah & Brian Nelson, Lyn Overholt, Mike Parish, Dimpal Patel, Cecilia Peterson, Karen Pryor, Courtney & John Read, Bill Reeves, Amy Richardson, Keri & Steven Root, Sara Rose, Allison & Grant Rosenberg, Charlotte & Tommy Schumpert, Alan Shipley, Pamela Shirley, Ron Shrieves, Pamela Sidman & Kelly Sahner, Alan Solomon, Cindy Spangler, Brent Starling, Kevin Sukanek, Patti & Gregg Swersky, The RoundUp Restaurant, Robert Threlkeld, Janice & Scott Tocher, Earl Tortorich, Pamela Treacy, Kim Trent, Chris Trump, John Tullock, Steve Walker, Tamara Warner, Martha Weeks, Susanne White, Paul Willson, Lisa & Chad Wiles, Dara Worrell

Affinity Partnerships

Affinity Partners support Legacy Parks Foundation by assisting with our work to raise funds and acquire land to expand parks, trails, greenways, water access and open space in East Tennessee. An Affinity Partner commits 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 Partner
  • A digital and print marketing kit to help you promote your partnership with Legacy Parks
  • 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 at 865-525-2585 or

Many thanks to our 2019 Affinity Partners:

Aubrey’s Restaurants, Bailey & Co. Real Estate, Bijou Theatre, Bike the Smokies, Blackhorse Brewery, Chota Canoe Club, Central Flats & Taps, Cool Beans, Eagle Distributing, Earthadelic, Foundation Mortgage, Holly’s Gourmets Market, Knoxville Track Club, National Land Realty, Realty Trust Group, REI, Runners Market, SoKno Taco Cantina, The Tomato Head, Tupelo Honey Cafe, UBS Financial Services, UT Federal Credit Union, Vick Dyer Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace, Realtors, West Hills Flats & Taps

Friend of Friend Partnerships

Our Friend of a Friend program allows businesses to partner in support of Legacy Parks by offering Friends of Legacy Parks a discount on goods and/or services. Friend of a Friend Partners offer a 15% or more discount to our Friends of Legacy Parks and promote the partnership through communications and advertisements. Your organization will receive the following benefits for your support:

  • A listing of your discount on and in the printed list sent to each Friend of Legacy Parks
  • A feature of your discount in one of our monthly e-newsletters
  • A digital and print marketing kit to help you promote your partnership with Legacy Parks
  • Opportunities to participate in special promotions that encourage business for you while also supporting Legacy Parks

Many thanks to our 2019 Friend of Friends Partners:

3 Rivers Angler, Bearden Bike & Trail, Bike n Tri, Billy Lush Board Shop, Cedar Bluff Cycles, Central Flats & Taps, Cool Beans Bar and Grill, Eddie’s Health Shoppe, Foothills Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Fountain City Pedaler, Harper’s Bike Shop, Mast General Store, Runner’s Market, SoKno Taco Cantina, Stanley’s Greenhouses and Plant Farm, Tennessee Valley Bikes, UT Federal Credit Union, Vienna Coffee, Visit Knoxville, West Hills Flats & Taps

Gifts of Land/Easements

A donation of land or easement helps expand our parks, preserve our green space and create more recreational opportunities to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Gifts of Land

Legacy Parks Foundation works 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.

The donation of land to the Foundation 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 with 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.  Legacy Parks secures 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 to the Foundation.

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 donated to the Foundation.

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

Planned Giving

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, please contact Carol Evans at