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Legacy Parks hosts Comcast Cares Day at Baker Creek Preserve

Legacy Parks Makes Change Happen on Comcast Cares Day!

Legacy Parks hosts Comcast Cares Day at Baker Creek PreserveThis Earth Day, Legacy Parks Foundation will host more than 200 volunteers for Comcast Cares Day to make change happen at Baker Creek Preserve! Join us at 8 a.m. on April 22 to get your hands dirty and help out with one of the many projects we’ll complete on the Preserve, including trail work and invasive plant removal. Together, we will work to beautify the landscape and enhance the health of this popular natural space.

Baker Creek Preserve is the newest addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and offers our community eight hiking and biking trails for all levels of experience along with a natural playspace for kids of all ages. Help us enhance this space to make it an even better place for the whole community to meet and get out and play!

Find out more and sign up here!

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Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville

WEED WRANGLE-KNOXVILLE AT BAKER CREEK PRESERVE

Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville The second annual Weed Wrangle-Knoxville is a citywide effort led by the Knoxville Garden Club to help remove invasive species at several popular outdoor destinations around town. This year, volunteers will gather on March 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Baker Creek Preserve and four other locations to help wrangle the pesky, non-native plants that hinder the growth of the native plants in these areas. Legacy Parks is excited to continue a partnership with the Knoxville Garden Club into a second year through the coordination of volunteers at Baker Creek Preserve! Just email Sarah at szimmerman@legacyparks.org to sign up!

 The invasive plants that we will tackle were likely introduced for agricultural or landscaping decades ago, but threaten our native trees, plants, and wildlife today. Although many of them have beautiful blooms and scents, they can offset the natural balances of the places we enjoy hiking, biking, and playing.

 With direction from experts in invasive weed management from Invasive Plant Control and the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, volunteers will take the necessary steps to restore Knoxville’s landscapes to a healthy, native ecosystem. Our work will make a difference not only on this property, but will help prevent these invasive species from spreading to other private yards and public spaces.

 Through the Weed Wrangle, volunteers will learn what it takes to free an area of invasive plants and the impact they can have on our ecosystem. By spreading the word about best practices, we will begin to establish a community that is knowledgeable about caring for the native plants in their own yards and the spaces we all share throughout East Tennessee.

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Legacy Parks partners with Dogwood Arts on Bikes & Blooms

Legacy Parks Supports Dogwood Arts’ Hikes & Bikes & Blooms!

Legacy Parks partnered again this year with Dogwood Arts to coordinate hikes and bike rides for the Hikes & Blooms and Bikes & Blooms outings! Thanks to support from volunteers from the Happy Hikers, Trek South, and Knoxville Botanical Garden, we’re looking forward to lots of great experiences on our trails and bike lanes.

Hikes & Blooms

Legacy Parks partners with Dogwood Arts for Hikes & Blooms

 

Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these moderate, three-to-four-mile hikes. The interpretive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora from the unique locations. Hikers should wear comfortable clothing and bring any water or snacks you might need. No pre-registration is required.

*Please arrive a few minutes before 9:00am each day so that hikes begin on time.

 

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Legacy Parks Partners

Your Business can be a Friend of a Friend for Legacy Parks!

We are now accepting new members for our Friend of a Friend discount and Affinity Partnership programs!

Offer a discount of 15% or more to Friends of Legacy Parks, 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 $1,000 or more to Legacy Parks throughout the year and/or needed goods and services of equal value, 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 Sarah at szimmerman@legacyparks.org to join in support of our parks and trails!

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Blackhorse Brewery gives to Legacy Parks

BLACKHORSE BREWERY GIVES TO OUR PARKS & TRAILS

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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Legacy Parks supports Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park

SUPPORT THE ZAEVION DOBSON MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND AND PARK

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 WINS AGAIN!

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 RECEIVES TRPA AWARD FOR BAKER CREEK

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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Friend of Legacy Parks

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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