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).

Legacy Parks Foundation Friend Levels

Adventurer $100

  • Recognition as a Friend on the website and year-end report
  • Subscription to our monthly e-newsletter

Trailblazer $250

  • All of the above plus
  • Invitation to Friends only event

Sojourner $500

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

Explorer $1,000

  • All of the above plus
  • Optional business profile in newsletter

Expeditionary $2,500

  • All of the above plus
  • A reserved table for 10 guests at the annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

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 Affinity Partners:

Aubrey’s Restaurants, Bijou Theatre, Blackhorse Brewery, Central Flats & Taps, Eagle Distributing, Knoxville Track Club, REI, Runners Market, SoKno Taco Cantina, UT Federal Credit Union

Gifts of Land/Easements

A donation of land or easement helps expand our parks, preserve our green space and create future opportunities.

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 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 Dara Worrell at