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Legacy Parks Open House

Join us for an evening of fun on the water at the Legacy Parks Open House at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. It’s our way of thanking our Friends for their support, an opportunity to learn more about Legacy Parks, and of course – get out and play on the water!

You’ll be able to demo a canoe, kayak or paddleboard on the Tennessee River courtesy of the folks from Billy Lush Boards. If paddling isn’t your thing, hang out inside and enjoy great brews compliments of Blackhorse Pub and Brewery.

Friends of Legacy Parks will receive a special edition t-shirt for attending! 

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REI Awards Legacy Parks Grant for Urban Wilderness

For the fifth consecutive year, REI is showing its support for Legacy Parks Foundation and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through a $10,000 grant to build a trail  from Dogwood Elementary School to Stanley-Lippencott Park.  The REI Dogwood Elementary Trail Project will increase access to the park and connect neighborhoods and an elementary school within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.  The trail will not only provide the community a safe route to school but will promote physical activity and foster community interaction; and provide both environmental and mental health benefits. The long-term vision is that this section of trail will become a link connecting existing trails in the Urban Wilderness to Stanley-Lippencott Park, into Fort Dickerson, and connect to the planned Battlefield Loop, creating an even greater connection to wilderness and history. These continued connections and increased access points will benefit recreational users of all types and experience levels.

REI began contributing to the trails of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness in 2014, and has given significant support since, including funding for a bridge, a kid’s trail, a junior pump track, and water stations throughout the Urban Wilderness.

This project is a collaboration of several active community partners including the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, City of Knoxville, Knox County, Great Schools Partnership, CAC Americorp, Knox County Health Department, Lindbergh Forest Community, Sierra Club, Ijams Nature Center and private landowners.

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Legacy Parks Benefit at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Stop by Tupelo Honey in Market Square on Friday, May 25 to support Legacy Parks!

On the last Friday of each month, a portion of proceeds from the ENTIRE day is donated back to our work to expand, protect, and access our parks, trails, and waterways in East Tennessee!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, May 24 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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Billy Lush Boards & Brew Open for the Season!

Did you know you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, bikes, and more right downtown?

Billy Lush Boards & Brew, located in the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is now open on weekends for the spring season. Hours of operation are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Take advantage of this downtown Tennessee River access at Volunteer Landing, and experience how fun it is to go for a paddle with the city skyline in the background!

Visit the Billy Lush Boards website for more information.

 

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COLLIER PRESERVE VOLUNTEER WORKDAY

Join us at the volunteer workday on Saturday, August 4 from 9-11am. We are looking for volunteers to help with invasive plant removal and trash cleanup at Collier Preserve! All skill levels and ages are welcome to join us in creating a beautiful new greenspace for the Powell community!

Once phase one is complete, we will be able to start transforming the preserve into a beautiful county park that will be maintained by Knox County Parks & Recreation and will include natural surface walking trails, a playground, restored historic structures, a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek and more!

The almost 12-acre property on Beaver Creek, next door to the Powell Branch Library, was donated to Legacy Parks by Dr. Bob Collier in December 2016.

Email us to sign-up!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks featuring 3 Rivers Angler

Join us Thursday, April 26 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! April’s featured outdoor partner is 3 Rivers Angler – offering casting demonstrations and awesome door prizes!

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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Baker Creek Preserve Wins Beautification Award

Baker Creek Preserve was recently awarded the 2018 Orchid award for Outdoor Space.  It is an honor to be recognized for our work to help keep Knoxville beautiful and bring more attention to the natural beauty that is Baker Creek Preserve!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks featuring Dream Bikes

Join us Thursday, March 22 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! Dream Bikes will be offering tune-ups and giving away a bike!

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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Legacy Parks Benefit at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Stop by Tupelo Honey in Market Square on Friday, February 23 to support Legacy Parks!

On the last Friday of each month, a portion of proceeds from the ENTIRE day is donated back to our work to expand, protect, and access our parks, trails, and waterways in East Tennessee!

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