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Join 3 Rivers Angler at the Fly Fishing Film Tour

fly fishing_13 Rivers Angler brings the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour to Knoxville on Friday, March 27 that will benefit Legacy Parks. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Relix Variety Theatre.

The F3T is a one of a kind experience – the original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns with friends, and dream about casts still unmade.

Tickets are $12 in advance and are available at 3 Rivers Angler. They are also available for $15 through F3T online or at the door.

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Humana Presents 2015 Outdoor KnoxFest

HumanaOutdoor KnoxFest presented by Humana is a weekend for adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts, and nature lovers to celebrate outdoor recreation in Knoxville and its Urban Wilderness on April 24-26, 2015.  Produced by Legacy Parks Foundation, the event offers participants the opportunity to experience for free Knoxville’s amazing recreational amenities. Whether from a hiking trail, a bike path, or on the river, there are activities for every skill level, and an assortment of clinics and demonstrations provide the chance to learn something neOKF color logow.

“At Humana, we are passionate about improving community wellness and inspiring individuals and families to engage with their health through nutrition, exercise, and overall well-being,” said Barry Boster, Humana Tennessee Market Vice President. “The Outdoor KnoxFest offers residents an array of sports and outdoor adventures that demonstrate a healthy, active lifestyle does not necessarily require a gym.”

Several of the favorite events from previous years will be offered again, including a history hike at Ft. Dickerson, introductory mountain bike rides, wildflower hikes, and open paddles for trying a standup paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Clinics will be presented on Introduction to Mountain Biking, GOPRO, Fly-Fishing, and Bicycle Maintenance.

“One of Legacy Parks’ objectives is to promote Knoxville as an outdoor recreation destination and encourage people to get out and experience all the incredible amenities we have – from the river to the Urban Wilderness and even our many miles of greenways,” said Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation. “Most of the activities on the schedule now include options for three separate skill levels. Whether you are a beginner and just want to try a new activity, or you want a serious challenge, we have an event just for you,” she added.

Several New Activities This Year

Outdoor KnoxFest will kick off with an event in conjunction with the Tennessee Bike Summit on Friday night at The Public House. A bike scavenger hunt, open to the public, will begin with registration at The Public House courtyard, 212 W. Magnolia Avenue, at 5:30 p.m. A celebration and awards will follow the conclusion of the ride.

And, for the first time, you can bring your furry friend on a PetSafe Hike with Your Hound on Saturday or Sunday at Ft. Dickerson. Many of the trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness welcome pets on leashes.

SweetWater_RiverCleanup2Another new event this year is the SweetWater Clean Sweep River Clean up on Saturday afternoon. Participants will take to land and water to clean up Knoxville’s Volunteer Landing along the shores of the Tennessee River. An army of volunteers in canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards will be on the river – with others on shore – to both explore the waterfront and help clean it up. Those who sign up to help will be eligible to win several prizes at the SweetWater Clean Sweep Party at the Outdoor Adventure Center after the event. SweetWater Brewing Company sampling and food from Aubrey’s, Sunspot, and Barley’s will be available for all in attendance.

The majority of events and equipment trials are free, though a few competitive events require a small fee. Registration is recommended for some events with limited equipment.

Schedule of events

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Banff 2015

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Benefits Legacy Parks

Banff 2015Blue Ridge Mountain Sports presents the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre. The international film tour presents the very best mountain films highlighting exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports.

The two-hour event presents a collection of award winning and audience favorites from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. These are the inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the most recent festival.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A raffle with great prizes will be held at intermission.  Tickets are available at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports or online at the Bijou Theatre.


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2015 Initiatives Detailed in Recent Article

CarolEvans_3_11736489_ver1.0_640_480A recent article in the Knoxville News Sentinel outlined Legacy Parks Foundation’s plans for 2015 that include creating public access along the French Broad and Holston river tailwaters, and completing a trail in East Knox County that will allow biking, hiking, and horseback riding from East Bridge Business Park to House Mountain.

Morgan Simmons interviewed Executive Director Carol Evans after a boat trip on the lower Holston River to look at possible locations for developing access points. Simmons details the plans for the new year and reviews the recent success and awards won by Legacy Parks.
Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

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Urban Hikes Guidebook is a Hot Commodity!

Urban Hikes GuidebookThe new Urban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee guidebook has been a big hit as a gift and for those interested in hikes close to town with unique local sights and sounds. Written by three members of the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club, the book recommends hikes close to town with potential for sightings of flowers, birds, vistas, or locations of historical events. The book includes directions, maps, and color photographs of each hike.

Urban Hikes has recently sold out, but is now available at several retail outlets including Mast General Store, Union Avenue Books, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Three Rivers Market, and the Knoxville Visitors Center. It can also be ordered online through this website.

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Welcome New Board Members

Joe PetreNine new members were elected to the Legacy Parks Foundation Board of Directors at the November meeting. We are pleased to welcome these new board members as we say good-bye to several who have served us well during their terms.

Those joining the board are:
John Becker, anchor at WBIR-TV
Charles Busler, Knox County Commissioner, 7th District
Jenny Hines, president of Hines and Company, CPA
Will Johnson, business development analyst at Proton Power
Thomas Krajewski, land specialist for National Land Realty
Bill Mason, attorney with Kennerly Montgomery
Cecilia Petersen, chief financial officer at Pershing Yoakley and Associates
Ken Rueter, president and project manager at URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR)
Chris Trump, shareholder at Egerton, McAffee, Armistead and Davis attorneys

A big THANK YOU to our outgoing board members:
Cathy Ackermann, Rebecca Bryant, David Collins, Kathy Hamilton, Tony Norman, Roger Osborne, and Chad Youngblood.

Officers elected for 2015 are:
Joe Petre, President
Larry Kleinman, Vice President
Mark Mamantov, Secretary
Jenny Hines, Treasurer

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Silver Urban Wilderness Necklace

Legacy Parks Merchandise Available Now

Silver Urban Wilderness NecklaceGive the gift of more places to play by purchasing Friends of Legacy Parks memberships or great Legacy Parks merchandise for your friends and family. Your contribution helps us continue to expand parks and trails and preserve our natural assets for generations to come.

Several new products are available for purchase on our website. We are excited to include the very popular new Urban Hikes guidebook, written by local members of the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club. These books already sold out of the first printing and are flying out the door! And if there’s a woman on your list, our beautiful sterling silver necklace with the Urban Wilderness logo (photo) is a great idea. Get Out & Play t-shirts and a package of notecards featuring photographs of local points of interest by professional photographer Jack Rose round out the collection.

Support Legacy Parks by visiting our Buy Stuff webpage.

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Forks of the River Trail Use Guidelines

UntitledForks of the River Wildlife Management Area is a public hunting area managed by Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. TWRA is a great partner and allows hiking and biking trails throughout the area, but users must be aware of the possibility of hunting activity at any time. For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, please note the following guidelines:

The interior trails are closed to all non-hunters during the following times:

Apr. 4th through May 17th
Before Noon Every Day

Sept. 6th through Feb. 28th
All day on Tuesday and Thursday
Before Noon on Saturday and Sunday

The Will Skelton Greenway and perimeter trails (Augie’s Run, Bluff and southeast Dozer) remain open at all times.The trail closings coincide with the Forks of the River WMA hunting schedule that supersedes the state calendar. The area is closed one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise, except for raccoon and opossum hunters and scheduled events. All animals with non-hunters are required to be leashed.

For questions about land management and hunting rules please contact TWRA online or call 865-856-9711.

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Join Us For The Launch Of Urban Hikes Guidebook

cropped coverUrban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee, a new guidebook by Ron Shrieves, Mac Post, and Christine Hamilton, will go on sale Friday, November 21 at a celebration and book signing event at Mast General Store from 5 to 8 p.m. The authors are all members of the local Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club and spent a year hiking all the suggested routes in preparation for the book. The authors will donate all book profits to Legacy Parks Foundation.

The book describes local urban hikes “that not only allow for an enjoyable physical workout, but also stimulate interest in some aspects of the nature and culture found in our community,” states the introduction. Color photographs and maps accompany the descriptions of the recommended hikes. A forward by former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe and a history of area greenways by Will Skelton are also featured in the book.

Following the event the book will be available at several local retailers and online at

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Legacy Luncheon Draws Crowd to Celebrate Outdoors

corker speakingUnder a large tent on the newly acquired Wood property in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, nearly 700 business and civic leaders and outdoor recreation supporters came together at last week’s annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks. Senator Bob Corker spoke about the importance of recreation opportunities and quality of life to a community.

Presented by Pilot Flying J and sponsored by South East Bank, Texas Instruments, and Robin Easter Design, the fundraiser celebrates the accomplishments of Legacy Parks and its partner organizations in establishing East Tennessee as a recreation destination. “I don’t know of a place that has more opportunity in that regard than East Tennessee,” said Corker.

Thanks to presenting sponsor Pilot Flying J, sponsors South East Bank, Texas Instruments, Robin Easter Design, and Table Sponsors.

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