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Urban Wilderness Wins Mercury Top Knox Award

Readers of the Knoxville Mercury chose our Urban Wilderness as the “Top New Thing in Knoxville” in the Top Knox 2015 poll. According to the Mercury, the award “honors the institutions that truly make Knoxville unique.” The Urban Wilderness was also a runner up in other categories, including Top Bike or Walking Trails and Top Secret About Knoxville.

In the Mercury’s description of the Urban Wilderness, the paper notes this new thing really isn’t. “It’s perhaps ironic that the urban wilderness wins in the “new thing” category, because it’s been here all along, although often out of sight or inaccessible in private hands. Thanks to efforts by nonprofit Legacy Parks, the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, the city and the county, these islands of green have been connected by trails, including 42-miles of paths along the South Loop, that feature everything from river views to old quarries and hilly forests.

In addition to the Urban Wilderness recognition, Legacy Parks was runner up in the Top Nonprofit Community Group! Thanks to all the readers of the Mercury for supporting Legacy Parks.

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