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Friend of Legacy ParksWe are now accepting new members for our Friend of a Friend discount and Affinity Partnership programs. Offer a discount to our Friends, and we will list your organization on our website, in our e-newsletter, and in a mailing. We’ll also provide a digital and print marketing kit to help you promote the partnership along with special opportunities to participate in promotions that encourage business.

Become an Affinity Partner by donating a percentage of sales and/or goods and services, and we will offer all of the above, plus your logo with a link on our website and a business profile in our e-newsletter.

Contact us at by Friday, Feb. 10 to join in support of our parks and trails!

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Blackhorse Brewery gives to Legacy Parks


Legacy Parks’ 2016 “collaBEERation” with Blackhorse Brewery and Eagle Distributing produced the limited-release Local Motion IPA, which became a favorite choice around Knoxville through the end of the year. A portion of the proceeds from each beer sold was given back to Legacy Parks Foundation to help expand and protect our parks and trails, totaling $2,795!

Thank you to Blackhorse Brewery and Eagle Distributing for such a creative partnership, and to everyone that enjoyed a pint of this delicious citrus session IPA. We can’t wait for the next Legacy Parks brew!

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Just after the first county-wide Zaevion Dobson Day is recognized, you can join Legacy Parks by honoring the legacy Zaevion left behind. The Knoxville Community Development Center is leading efforts to build the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park, commemorating this local hero’s sacrifice and courage in the face of violence, and needs your help to complete the project.

With plans for a playground zone, a social area, a multipurpose lawn, and more, the estimated cost of the park project is $60,000, which leaves KCDC with roughly $22,000 more to raise. The park will appeal to children under 12 years old, reflecting the 200 children under age 12 living in the Lonsdale Homes community. Legacy Parks Foundation is managing the funds for this effort, so if you would like to contribute to the development of this community park in Zaevion’s memory, please visit our donation page to donate and learn how you will be recognized.

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Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness can now be boasted as the “Best Urban Park” in the eastern U.S. thanks to the Best of the Blue Ridge 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards put on by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness began as an initiative of Legacy Parks in 2008, and since then, we’ve been working collaboratively to connect and expand this 1,000-acre natural space along downtown’s south waterfront.

We’ve added 50 miles of trail for hiking and biking; joined multiple parks, historic sites, and great views; and even added a playground and kid’s bike area. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness continues to gain recognition on a regional and national scale, and is boosting the local economy through the visitors and residents it draws to the area. We are proud of the way Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is giving back to the community, and we’re excited to work on more improvements in 2017!

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Legacy Parks and City of Knoxville open Redbud Bridge


Legacy Parks and City of Knoxville open Redbud BridgeLegacy Parks and City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation were recently honored by the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for the “Four Star New Facility”: Baker Creek Preserve. The award was presented for the development of the popular outdoor destination for families and adventurers just three miles from downtown Knoxville, which Legacy Parks gave to the City in 2016.

Baker Creek Preserve has a unique set of attractions that appeal to novice explorers including convenient parking, a kid’s adventure play area with natural and interactive features, a kid’s bicycle pump track and loop, and easy multi-use trails, including one that connects to a middle school. For more experienced adventurers, Baker Creek hosts 5 multi-use trails and 3 downhill mountain bike trails, which range in difficulty and connect to 42 more miles of trail, making up Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The most advanced trail at Baker Creek Preserve, the Devil’s Racetrack, is the only double-black diamond downhill trail in the region and draws in expert riders with its intense gaps and drops.

We hope you’ll get out and play at Baker Creek Preserve and enjoy Knoxville’s award-winning facility!

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Give Gifts that Leave a Legacy!

Give a gift that gives twice – to us and them! Unique, locally produced Legacy Parks products let everyone on your list know you care about them and our exceptional outdoor resources. Proceeds from the sale support our work of expanding and protecting the parks, trails, and waterways in our region.

With options like our sterling silver Urban Wilderness necklace or the Urban Hikes guidebook written by local experts, you’ll find something that will make this holiday special and remind your loved ones that their gift made a difference.

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Make New Friends for the Holidays!

Leave a legacy this holiday season by giving your friends and family the gift of becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks. This is a great way to honor someone who appreciates the beautiful outdoor assets we have in East Tennessee and the outdoor recreation opportunities we enjoy. And for those people on your list who have everything, this gift of preserving and expanding our outdoor assets is the perfect fit.

Friends of Legacy Parks support our mission to leave East Tennessee better than we found it and receive discounts from supportive local vendors plus other benefits based on your level of investment.

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Legacy Parks awarded $150,000 for next adventure park

lpf-adventure-park-2A $150,000 grant to Legacy Parks Foundation from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee will fund the construction of a unique adventure play park specifically designed to encourage middle school aged children to get out and play. This new park will be adjacent to South Doyle Middle School and will be designed by Ross Fowler based upon research with students from that school and surrounding neighborhoods. Bryant Research asked current and incoming students what they would like to see in a play space and those wishes were translated into a custom adventure play park design.


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Legacy Parks Foundation opens kids play area at Baker Creek Preserve

Legacy Parks Foundation opened a new kids adventure play area today at Baker Creek Preserve in the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The Siddiqi Charitable Foundation, Earthadelic, and REI contributed to the project, helping Legacy Parks transform an unused space into an attractive, useful area that encourages youth to explore outdoor recreation.

Thanks to grants from the Siddiqi Charitable Foundation and REI, plus labor and design work donated by Earthadelic, the play area includes natural, interactive, and bike features that accommodate kids of all ages. Among these fun features are a giant hanging bamboo chime for kids to run through and make music, log rounds for balancing, a miniature climbing wall, slides, and a climbing play net.

Kids can also utilize a dedicated grassy area meant for free play and running, and several barrels of play balls will be available, introducing the “balls in parks” concept. The idea is that simply providing balls in parks gets kids to play more and be more active. The South Haven Homeowners Association has adopted this idea and will keep a constant supply of play balls at the kids adventure play area.

Beautiful landscaping and natural seating areas made of logs and stone make a great place for parents to watch kids and for families to enjoy together. In addition, grants to Legacy Parks and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club from REI were combined to fund a kids pump track and kids trail. This is the third year REI has provided grants to the two organizations for project in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The combination of all of the features of the play area will allow children to explore and engage with age-appropriate challenges, while developing their motor skills and increasing their physical activity.
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Lessons from the 2016 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

img_8226A crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered at UT Cherokee Farm to support Legacy Parks Foundation at our annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks. Guests heard remarks from Rick Ridgeway, the mountaineer and VP of the apparel company Patagonia. Rick discussed the impact his countless adventures and expeditions have had on his life’s work and innovative strategies he influences at Patagonia. Having seen the planet change over his years of exploration, many of these strategies involve Patagonia’s mission to do good business that is also good for the environment.

Some examples he explained were Patagonia’s action to donate 1% of its profits to nonprofits around the world, a controversial campaign to convince people to only buy as much as they really need, a mobile unit to help people repair and reuse their garments, and a communication strategy that reminds other businesses that young people will only work for businesses who care for the future of our planet.

We are truly grateful to Pilot Flying J for presenting the Luncheon, for our lead sponsors, Bryant Research, Gulf & Ohio Railways, Robin Easter Design, SouthEast Bank, Texas Instruments, The Trust Company, The University of Tennessee Medical Center, UCOR, all of our table sponsors, and each person that attended the 2016 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks. The Luncheon is our only major fundraising event of the year, and all proceeds support our operating budget. This helps us continue to ensure our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that these assets exist for generations to come.

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