Legacy Parks Foundation announced that the funds are in hand to begin construction of the French Broad Veterans Memorial Park, a 7-acre park overlooking the East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in east Knox County. Legacy Parks has raised $1.3 million for the initial construction of the park, including $250,000 from Knox County and $500,000 from the State of Tennessee.
“As gathering place for all citizens, the Veterans Park can tell the story of service and sacrifice by veterans and families in our region,” explained Executive Director Carol Evans. “With nearly half a million veterans in Tennessee, a powerful story can be shared.”
Nestled in the forest with a panoramic view of the Smoky Mountains, this park will fill the need for a place where our veteran organizations and families can gather. Currently, the Veterans Cemetery holds three services a day, precluding the ability to host other events on that site.
Once constructed, the park will be owned and managed by Knox County as a public park. Legacy Parks is still accepting donations for enhancements to the park design and to create a maintenance fund.
Click here to view plans for the park.