A new Veterans memorial park will be created on a parcel of land along the French Broad River on 7-acres that was donated to Legacy Parks by Blue Water Industries. This park will provide a place for reflection, commemoration and celebration, overlooking the French Broad River and the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Partners: Blue Water Industries, East Tennessee Community Design Center
Legacy Parks permanently conserved a 12-acre natural area in the heart of Powell donated by the Collier family. The land is being transformed into a community park which will provide access to scenic Beaver Creek and the opportunity to observe the wildlife in a natural setting. The county park will be maintained by Knox County Parks & Recreation and will include a walking trail, a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek and Knoxville’s first storybook trail. Partners: TVA Retirees Association, Tennessee Recreational Trails Program, Merit Construction, Trey Benefield, S&ME
Big Rock Pass
Legacy Parks created a new .3 mile trail connecting Mary Vestal Park to Fort Dickerson Park at the lower Augusta Quarry entrance. This new trail is an integral connection within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Partners: Contour Trail Design, City of Knoxville, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Dogwood Community Trail
Legacy Parks is creating a new trail connecting Dogwood Elementary School to Stanley-Lippencott. This new trail connects the school, neighborhoods and parks and makes it easier for kids to get out and play in the woods. Partners: REI, Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Red Mill Dam
Legacy Parks accepted an anonymous donation for the purpose of purchasing the 6.43-acre historic Red Mill Dam property and conveyance of the land to the Town of Farragut.
Legacy Parks successfully applied for a $5 million BlueCross BlueShield Healthy Place grant for Morningside Park, working on behalf of the City of Knoxville. Improvements to the park will include accessible trails, fitness stations and playgrounds, a multi-use field and covered pavilions. The 36-acre park, located adjacent to downtown, is surrounded by university and multi-family apartments, as well as a high-rise community for seniors, including those with disabilities and two elementary schools are also within walking distance. The park serves diverse groups of residents and these improvements will allow users of all ages and abilities to enjoy the benefits of the park.
Partners: Ross/Fowler PC
I.C. King Park
Legacy Parks assisted Knox County with a major expansion of the existing county park by obtaining a land easement for trail expansion with grant funding from REI. The new trail connects the new parking lot to the existing trails network on the backside of the property. The expansion of these trails is important because it provides new access point into the trail systems for the neighboring communities and will tie together the currently isolated 8-miles of trails into the interconnected loop of 50+ miles of Urban Wilderness trails. Partners: REI
Ijams Primal Playground
Legacy Parks helped Ijams Nature Center create the first of its kind, Primal Playground – an outdoor exercise and training course that utilizes natural materials to engage a full body workout by incorporating landscape features such as boulders, logs and trees with customizable plans designed by a physical fitness expert. Partners: Siddiqi Foundation and Earthadelic Landscape and Construction
SoKno Rail Trail
Legacy Parks is creating a three-mile, virtually flat rail-with-trail alongside the Gulf & Ohio Railway from the edge of Chapman Highway to Ijams Meads Quarry. The rail-with-trail will provide an exceptional recreational and commuter connection for south Knoxville businesses, neighborhoods and destinations. Partners: S& ME, Realty Trust Group, Gulf & Ohio Railway, Knoxville Track Club
Oak Ridge Trails
Legacy Parks is working with the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge trail advocates to expand the trail network on DOE land in Anderson County. Legacy Parks currently holds five new trail easements.
Sharp’s Ridge Playspace and Adaptive Trails
With funding from the Trinity Foundation, Legacy Parks created a playground, bike skills area and two multi-use trails on the 42-acres donated to the Foundation by Allen Dick, including our region’s first all-access, adaptive trail. This new trail will allow users with disabilities to get out and play in the woods! The two miles of trail twists and winds down to the base, connecting the north side of the ridge to the existing trail system on the other side of the ridge. A new playground and bike skills area provides the community with a place to play, providing easy access to nature. Partners: Trinity Foundation, Barge Design Solutions, Siddiqi Foundation, City of Knoxville, East Tennessee Community Design Center
River Bluff Natural Area
Legacy Parks raised $1.5 million to acquire a former civil war battle site – and the last unconserved viewshed along Knoxville’s south waterfront. Legacy Parks donated the property to the City of Knoxville in 2015 to become a City Park. The property is a key site in the proposed Battlefield Loop that will connect this battle site with the three adjacent Civil War forts and will be the west node of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.
Clayton Park in Halls
Legacy Parks raised funds to purchase an old homesite in Halls which became a county park, Clayton Park in Halls. It is a beautiful new gathering place for this north Knox County community.
Baker Creek Preserve
Legacy Parks transformed 100 acres of land donated to the Foundation by the Wood Family into an outdoor adventure destination for adventurers of all ages and levels of experience. Utilizing grants from the State of Tennessee, Siddiqi Foundation, REI, Bell Helmets, and an abundance of volunteer time and donated goods and services – including a major landscaping project donated by Earthadelic – the project includes six multi-use trails, three dedicated downhill mountain bike trails, a kids pump track, an intermediate pump track, an adventure playground, and a beautiful meadow for events and play. The Baker Creek Preserve is within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness which encompasses fifty connected miles of trails, connecting many parks, playgrounds, rivers, quarries and historical sites.
Baker Creek Play Forest
With funding from the Trinity Foundation, Legacy Parks created an adventure play space targeted to encourage increased physical activity among middle school aged children. The Play Forest is situated in the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, adjacent Baker Creek Preserve and South Doyle Middle School. The Play Forest is connected via trail with the rest of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.
Imerys Marble at Ijams Quarries
The 104-acres Imerys Marble Quarry property was donated to Legacy Parks and now serves as a major trailhead for Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness South Loop Trails and is a popular addition to the Ijams Nature Center.
Roy Arthur Stormwater Park
Legacy Parks transformed 19-acres donated to the foundation in 2008 into Knox County’s first Stormwater Demonstration Park. Two wetland ponds, a rain garden, and native plants are surrounded by a walking trail, and a kayak/canoe launch provides key access to the Beaver Creek Water Trail.
French Memorial Park Expansion
Legacy Parks helped connect a south Knox County neighborhood to a library and school by securing the donation of a connecting parcel of land.
Seven Islands State Birding Park
Legacy Parks managed Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge for the three years during its transition from a county park to a state park and secured over $98,000 in grants to fund extensive habitat restoration.
South Loop Trails
Legacy Parks partnered with multiple individuals and organizations to establish the South Loop Trail system, more than 50-miles of natural surface trails connecting five parks and natural areas with public and private land creating exceptional outdoor recreation opportunities. The trails connect Ijams Nature Center, Ross Marble and Mead’s Quarries, Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area, William Hastie Natural Area, and Marie Myers Park.