How to Help

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!

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!

You can donate to Legacy Parks here

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, Greg & Kim Gheen, 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

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

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, check our the charitable giving guide or contact Carol Evans at