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Where to Find the Beer for the Parks!

Looking for the seasonal, limited-release Local Motion IPA that Blackhorse Brewery produced to benefit Legacy Parks?! Here’s a list of the great spots you can find this citrus session IPA on tap and in cans. Remember – every pint gives back to our parks, so buy a round!

  • All Casual Pints
  • All of the Aubrey’s Restaurants (Aubrey’s, Sunspot, Fieldhouse Social, Barley’s knox and Maryville)
  • Backdoor Tavern
  • Bearden Beer Market
  • Bluff’s Brickyard
  • Central Flats and Taps
  • Crafter’s Brew
  • Echelon Bikes
  • Fort Sander’s Yacht Club
  • Hops and Hollers
  • Kroger
  • Landing House
  • Local Goat
  • Maple Hall
  • Merchants of Beer
  • Most Food Cities in Knoxville
  • Nama Bearden
  • Old City Wine Bar
  • Open Chord Pizza
  • Hoss
  • Sokno Taco
  • Sugar Mama’s Bakery
  • Suttree’s
  • The Pint House
  • Tom And Earl’s Back Alley
  • Trailhead Beer Market
  • Tupelo Honey
  • West Hills Flats and Taps
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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks!

Join us on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. for Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks featuring a sailboat display and demonstrations from the Concord Yacht Club!

Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks is a chance to gather with friends and family for on every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways.

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Knoxville Gets a Bike Share Program

Legacy Parks Foundation has been working with the City of Knoxville and various local bicycling groups to help bring a bike share program to town!

After researching several options, the group decided to partner with Zagster, a bike share program that operates without costing the City a dime. Instead, local businesses and organizations will sponsor stations.

The initial plan is to have 100 new bikes at 10 different stations, with riders gaining access to the service through an app or temporary code. It will allow locals and visitors to bike around town for commuting, recreation, and exploration.

Stay tuned for more updates on timing and locations!

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Collier Preserve

Help Legacy Parks Develop Collier Preserve!

Legacy Parks is working to help raise $50,000 for the first phase of Collier Preserve, an almost 12-acre natural area that will become a place for nature exploration and quiet reflection.

Once transformed, this property will become a county park featuring walking trails, native plants, benches, bird boxes, restored historic structures, and a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek. Help us reach this goal and create another beautiful space for our community to enjoy!

Learn more and donate here!

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A Great Event Gets Even Better!

Thanks to Blackhorse Brewery and WDVX, we’ve taken a great event and made it even better!

Cheers to 20 Years of WDVX is a party on Market Square with Legacy Parks presented by Blackhorse Brews. It happens Friday, September 1st from Market Square starting at 5:30 p.m., and features music from the The Royal Hounds, Robinella, and Night Colors.

The WDVX 20 Year Beer and the Legacy Parks Local Motion IPA limited edition Blackhorse Brews will be available. Proceeds benefit both of Knoxville’s local and nationally renowned non-profit organizations.

It’s a party on Market Square – Free with festival seating!

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Catching Carp for the Parks!

Each year, 3 Rivers Angler organizes the Carp Cup, a tournament highly anticipated by fishermen from throughout the region. These fishermen come out for tons of fun and feet of fish, but at the heart of it is their care for our region’s natural resources. Proceeds from the event go back to Legacy Parks to support our work to increase access to our waterways in East Tennessee.

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A Full Month of Legacy Parks at SoKno Taco!

SoKno Taco supports Legacy ParksStop by SoKno Taco during the month of August and buy a round of Local Motion IPA! For every Local Motion purchased, SoKno will enter you into a drawing for a Weber grill, which will be given away at SoKno De Month on Wednesday, Aug. 30th! A portion of the proceeds from each pint also goes back to Legacy Parks, so you’re drinking to support our parks, trails, and waterways!

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TWRA and Legacy Parks host Sunflower Festival

Sunflower Festival at Forks of the River WMA

TWRA and Legacy Parks are joining together for the second sunflower festival at the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area in Knoxville this Saturday, July 8 at 9 a.m.

TWRA and Legacy Parks host Sunflower Festival

Recognizing the public’s great interest in the sunflower fields a few years ago, WMA Manager Bill Smith decided it would benefit TWRA and the public to have an event. “The sunflowers draw thousands of people to the area every year and we want them to understand their benefits to wildlife, to hunters, and help people enjoy their aesthetic value as well,” says Smith.

The WMA has about 70 acres planted in sunflowers this year and while their showy blooms are pleasing to the eye, they are also highly beneficial to pollinators and the seeds they produce provide an abundance of food for several species of birds and other wildlife. Smith also wants to remind the public that the large sunflower fields are only present every other year as crop rotation is important to maintain soil fertility and control pests. The large sunflower fields won’t be planted again until 2019.

The free event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a welcoming, followed by a guided hike courtesy of Legacy Parks. TWRA will also deliver an interpretive talk at 10:30 a.m. followed by another guided hike. The festival will also consist of a wildlife informational trailer, a booth featuring wildlife identification, as well as kid’s activities.

The Legacy Parks Foundation has been in existence since 2007 and has raised over $3 million to preserve over 1,000 acres of land.

Directions to the Forks of the River WMA:

From I-40, take James White Pkwy exit (388A) and stay to the left to continue on James White Parkway. Cross over the TN River and take the Sevier Ave./Hillwood Dr. Exit. Turn Left onto Sevier Ave. (turns into Hillwood Dr.). Turn right onto Island Home Ave. (at bottom of hill). Take the first left onto McClure Ln. just passed Ijams Nature Center. Follow signs to the WMA. A TWRA gravel parking lot is to the right at the end of McClure Lane.

For more information, contact Bill Smith at 865-856-9711.

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Creating Access to the Holston River

Legacy Parks is raising funds to create greater access to the Holston River close to the Knox County line. Once purchased, the property will become a new Knox County Park, ideal for fishing, boat access and picnicking. The property is located off the Andrew Johnson Highway on Old Strawberry Plains Pike, and offers a stunning view of the unique McBee Bridge.
The acquisition of this property furthers Legacy Parks  goal of creating access points at roughly seven-mile intervals on the Holston and French Broad rivers make recreational use to these rivers more feasible and enjoyable for Knoxville residents and visitors.
History lovers and will find that this area is significant because it was the site of the McBee Ferry that transported people across the river before the bridge was built in the 1930s. Remains from the operation can still be found along the shoreline. Also nearby along the river, the Civil War Battle of Strawberry Plains took place.
Legacy Parks currently has the property under contract with the owner, and hopes to raise $75,000 to purchase the acreage by October 2017. Help Legacy Parks create more river access by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks!


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Get Out & Play Guides for the Schools!

Legacy Parks Foundation and the Knoxville Mercury recently updated and provided more than 40,000 free copies of the Get Out & Play! guide to all students in Knox, Blount, Maryville, Loudon, and Oak Ridge schools. This resource is the ultimate guide to outdoor recreation in the Knoxville region, and will help students and their families discover all the great outdoor amenities our area has to offer – and become healthier and happier in the process!

The Get Out and Play! Guide is a complete directory of all parks, trails, and greenways in Knox County, and includes major regional parks and trails too. Building on last year’s guide, which was the is the first publication of its kind – the updated guide is organized geographically by location with maps and descriptions of park amenities. It is a great resource to help people find places to play to increase their physical activity.

You can find this great information on our 248 parks, trails, and greenways in the online version, or pick up your own copy at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center or one of the sponsoring businesses’ locations.

A special thanks goes to Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission for providing award-winning maps throughout the guide.

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