A new Veterans Memorial park will be created thanks to an exciting new partnership with Blue Water Industries. A beautiful parcel of land along the French Broad River will be donated to Legacy Parks to create this place for reflection, commemoration and celebration, overlooking the French Broad River and the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. This park will be designed by veterans organizations with the help of the East Tennessee Community Design Center.
Over the coming year, Johnson University will undertake a feasibility study toward creating public access to the French Broad River on the university campus. This new access point will close a gap of limited access along this waterway. In addition to the new river access, Johnson University plans to create a network of over 8-miles of multi-use trails along the ridge outlining their campus. This new trail system will be a wonderful amenity to all and especially this area of south Knox County where no such trail system currently exists.
The Siddiqi Foundation continues to show continued support for Legacy Parks Foundation's projects through a $15,000 grant to construct Knoxville's first all-inclusive trail on Legacy Parks’ 42-acres at Sharp’s Ridge. This trail will accommodate users of all types, including those with disabilities. The grant will also fund four all-terrain wheelchairs that will be available to rent from a local bike shop. The addition of an all-inclusive trail is important because everyone should be able to play in the woods! This trail will also connect into the existing trail system at Sharp's Ridge and will connect the neighborhoods on the north side of the ridge into the existing city park.
We are grateful that the 2019 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks was another huge success thanks to our inspiring speaker and the more than 1,000 sponsors and Friends who gathered at Johnson University along the beautiful French Broad River to support our work. David McLain, National Geographic explorer, photographer and member of the Blue Zone exploration team shared some secrets to longevity, gathered from his experience researching the Blue Zones – the five places on earth where you are likely to live past 100 years old. […]