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. […]
Legacy Parks Foundation and the University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm announced a unique partnership to develop a concept plan that will make the research park an even more attractive site for innovative businesses to locate as well as enhance the park for the entire public to enjoy. The concept plan will respond to the increasing demand for integrated live-work-play environments in which businesses can locate. The research park’s location in the bend of the Tennessee River provides an ideal setting to build out park features to make the site a key destination for innovative businesses and park users. One of the unique features of the UT Research Park is its unique archaeological zone, which includes nearly 85 acres that will be preserved to recognize the location of major Native American settlements dating as early as 12,000 years ago until about AD 1600. Additionally, a 2.2-mile section of [...]