312, 2020

Legacy Parks receives gift of 14-acres

December 3rd, 2020|

Legacy Parks received a donation of beautifully forested land from Arvin and Sabra Brown of Powell, protecting 14-acres of green space off Emory Road with access to Beaver Creek. The land will be developed with community input and eventually will become a Knox County park. The Brown family property sits directly across Emory Road from the new Powell High School Landing boat launch on Beaver Creek. Legacy Parks is helping protect and provide access to the creek by creating boat launches, adding parks and conserving land along Beaver Creek. The Brown family has longstanding history in Powell. The Browns School House was among the earliest gathering places in Powell, built between 1820 and 1830. The school’s boarding house was located across the street and still remains on the property and later became the home where Arvin grew up and where he lives with his wife Sabra to this day. Arvin’s father, Horace [...]

1911, 2020

Sharp’s Ridge Playspace and Adaptive Trails Opens

November 19th, 2020|

Legacy Parks Foundation cut the ribbon to open the Sharp’s Ridge playspace and adaptive trails, creating the first all-access trail in our region designed specifically to accommodate users with disabilities. The project was funded by a grant from the Trinity Health Foundation. The new play area and trails are located on the 42-acres on the north side of Sharp’s Ridge, on land that was donated to the Foundation in 2017 by the Dick family. Features include a new playground, bike skills area and two multi-use trails that connect to the existing city park at the top of the ridge. The playspace was designed by Ross Fowler. The new trails were purposefully designed to accommodate adaptive mountain bike and adaptive wheelchairs. The Independence Trail begins at the top of the ridge winds to the base where it intersects with the North Ridge Loop Trail. The Independence Trail can accommodate the [...]

1211, 2020

New benches for our parks

November 12th, 2020|

Take a load off your feet and enjoy the TVA Retirees Association's investment in Knoxville's parks. The group has committed to funding 30 trail benches for city and county parks during a five year period. Three benches were installed at Collier Preserve (pictured top) and two installed at I.C. King Park. Six benches will be installed in the new Playspace and along the new trail on the north side of Sharp's Ridge Veterans Memorial Park.

1211, 2020

Work on Collier Preserve is underway

November 12th, 2020|

We've kicked off the low-impact work of creating Collier Preserve -  a 12-acre nature park in Powell. The property was donated to Legacy Parks in 2017 by Dr. Bob and Louise Collier. Collier Preserve is located next to the Powell Library. Once completed, the natural park will offer an ADA walkway, natural trail, a rest stop on the Beaver Creek Water Trail. The nature park will provide a place for nature exploration and quiet reflection. Opening of Collier Preserve is planned for December.