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Legacy Parks Foundation Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Photos: 2016 Legacy Luncheon a Great Success!

Nearly 1,000 gathered for the 2016 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks and heard announcements from Legacy Parks Foundation along with comments from Rick Ridgeway, the vice president of Patagonia. Generous sponsors and luncheon attendees enjoyed beautiful weather and good company along the Tennessee River at UT Cherokee Farm.

Thank you to everyone who attended or supported this successful event! Stay involved in supporting our work by becoming a Friend of Legacy Parks.

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Approaching a Sold-out Legacy Luncheon for the Parks!

Legacy Luncheon for the ParksOnce again, Legacy Parks Foundation will draw a crowd of almost 1,000 civic, business, and community leaders for its annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks next Friday, Oct. 7th. Gathered along the bank of the Tennessee River at UT Cherokee Farm, the crowd will hear exciting announcements along with a report on Legacy Parks’ accomplishments in the past year.

Rick Ridgeway, the noted mountaineer and vice president of environmental affairs for Patagonia chose to visit Knoxville to speak at this luncheon, and will inspire the group with his experience with big mountains, big business, and big initiatives to preserve outdoor resources.

A limited number of seats still remain, so reserve yours now to take part in this unique Knoxville event. Reservations can be make online or by calling (865) 525-2585.

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Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon grant awarded to Legacy Parks Foundation

Legacy Parks Awarded Covenant Grant for Rail-with-Trail Project

Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon grant awarded to Legacy Parks FoundationA grant from Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon to Legacy Parks will provide trail goers on the upcoming G & O Trail a great trail stop!

The $10,000 grant will fund a trailhead complete with amenities for runners, walkers, bikers and pups. The way station will include a watering station for people and pets, a bike station with basic tools, seating, and an informational kiosk. The trail and its landscaping will have a unique design reflective of both the rail and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The G & O Trail’s proximity to businesses and neighborhoods and its easy grade will make it an easy run, walk, or ride by users of all levels.

The G & O Trail three-mile rail-with-trail project will provide a recreational and commuter connection between Knoxville’s Chapman Highway and Ijams Nature Center. It will be a virtually flat, soft surface trail that parallels the rail line, connecting businesses, parks and neighborhoods.

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Baker Creek Preserve Chosen for Middle and High School Mountain Bike Competition

smoky-mountain-bear-racerThis weekend, Baker Creek Preserve will see its first mountain bike race. Baker Creek Preserve is the newest 100-acre area of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness added by Legacy Parks Foundation. The National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s Tennessee League organized a statewide race with about 170 middle and high school competitors participating. Students will pre-ride the course on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in preparation for the full race, which is on Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Baker Creek Preserve will be closed to other riders during this time on Sunday, but everyone is encouraged to join in cheering for the students.

15 teams of students along with their families will come to Knoxville for this race from all across the state, plus a group from Kentucky. The local team, the Smoky Mountain Bears, will be ready to race with 15 students entered and support from their volunteer coach, Doug Sharp. Parents and fans will park at the 1516 Taylor Road entrance and cheer for the students at the start/finish line and along the race route.

Andrew Wagner, a board member for the Tennessee League of NICA explains the collaboration it takes to put on an event like this in the Urban Wilderness. “Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club are so helpful in supporting the NICA program and this event, said Wagner. “We all work well together, which is why these events turn out so well for our community.

After the race on Sunday, Harper’s Bike Shop will host a Santa Cruz mountain bike demo from 3 to 7 p.m. at Baker Creek Preserve. Students, parents, and community members are welcome to test out new mountain bikes and experience the Baker Creek Trails during this time.

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Harrell Road Stormwater Park Opening Soon

harrell-road-stormwater-parkWith the addition of a new parking area underway, Knox County’s first demonstration stormwater park will open in the fall. Harrell Road Stormwater Park is located off Harrell and West Emory between Karns and Powell. The 19 acres that make up the park was donated to Legacy Parks Foundation in 2008, and the group’s Land Conservation Committee decided to turn it into a neighborhood park.

Over the years, the land has been transformed from an exposed clay soil mining area to a beautiful passive public park that can be used by both professionals to teach about stormwater management practices and by the public for recreation and enjoyment of our region’s fauna and flora. It contains two constructed stormwater wetland ponds that divert neighborhood runoff, a rain garden that treats stormwater runoff, established native vegetation, a three-quarter mile walking trail, and a kayak/canoe launch connected to the Knox County Blueways.

Roy Arthur, a member of Legacy Parks’ Land Conservation Committee, took the lead with this project, putting in countless volunteer hours and coordination efforts. Taking on the project was a natural fit, as Roy is also the Watershed Coordinator for Knox County Stormwater Management and a Research Associate at Tennessee Water Resources Research Center at the University of Tennessee. Roy put together public/private partnerships, coordinated federal and local employees and volunteers of all ages, and acquired almost half of the park’s cost in donations in addition to many other tasks.

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Rick Ridgeway to speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

The “Real Indiana Jones” at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Rick Ridgeway to speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

This year’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks will feature a man know for pushing the limits of American adventure and expanding an international outdoor apparel company. An adventurer since his teens, Ridgeway has witnessed decades of change in the wilderness and racked up many diverse accomplishments from summiting the world’s second-highest mountain without supplemental oxygen to producing an Emmy award-winning film.

Ridgeway’s resume of expeditions and initiatives have some tough critics impressed, with The Rolling Stone recognizing him as “the real Indiana Jones,” and National Geographic honoring him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. Encounters with avalanches, rock fall, and countless precarious situations presented by nature inform his innovative leadership strategies at Patagonia.

As the vice president for environmental affairs, Ridgeway works to progress Patagonia as a leader in stewardship of the world’s natural resources. He oversees initiatives that develop standardized tools to measure sustainability in the apparel industry, protect wildlife corridors, and partner with customers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products.

Beyond these impressive accomplishments and activities, Ridgeway owned an outdoor photo and film agency and was a consultant for Kelty Pack Company for more than 20 years. Ridgeway has also produced six books, dozens of magazine articles, and more than 30 adventure shows.

Ridgeway will join in celebrating a year of accomplishments for Legacy Parks Foundation at its annual outdoor luncheon along the banks of the Tennessee River on UT’s Cherokee Farm, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Individual seats are now available for reservation and selling out fast. Reserve your seat online or by calling 865-525-2585.

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Legacy Parks Local Motion IPA

Local Motion IPA Kicked Off with a Citrusy Splash

Legacy Parks Local Motion IPALegacy Parks’ newest “collaBEERation” with Blackhorse Brewery produced a delicious citrus session IPA, perfect for the last weeks of summer. This Local Motion IPA is flowing on tap and in cans around Knoxville until mid-October, and a portion of the proceeds from each beer sold goes to Legacy Parks Foundation to help expand and protect our parks and trails.

With help from Eagle Distributing, we kicked off the Local Motion IPA at Bearden Beer Market’s weekly fun run and had a great response!

Help keep Knoxville’s legacy on track every time you have a pint. Buy a round for your friends and take home a six-pack to show your support for Legacy Parks!

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Support Legacy Parks

3 Easy Ways to Give Back to Legacy Parks Foundation

In three quick stops around town, you’ll have done a good deed for our parks and trails without even breaking a sweat.

Stop by Balter Beerworks. If you’re looking for variety in your beer, but still want to support Legacy Parks, look no further than Balter Beerworks’ Legacy Parks Beer of the Month. Until the end of September, they’re serving up their crisp and refreshing
pilsner, the 4th and Pils.

Grab lunch at Central Flats and Taps. Make your lunch work for you (well, your parks)! Central Flats and Taps has Urban Wilderness options on its menu including the super popular Chicken Piccata Flat and its Veggie Burger Panini. Choose these items to give back to our trails.

Take a stroll to Mast General Store. Mast just put up its community window for September featuring Legacy Parks Foundation and also gives a discount for Friends of Legacy Parks. Become a Friend and include Mast in your walk downtown.

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Knoxville 2016 Top Adventure Town

Last Round: Vote Knoxville for 2016 Top Adventure Town!

Knoxville 2016 Top Adventure TownThanks to voters like you who know about our amazing outdoor adventure opportunities, Knoxville made it through three rounds in the Blue Ridge Outdoors 2016 Top Adventure Towns contest.

Now we’re up against Roanoke, Va. in the final round, and we need your help to be named the Top Adventure Town in the “Large Town” category. Vote once every 24 hours on multiple devices until September 19th!

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Rick Ridgeway featured at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Renowned Climber Talks Mountains and Business at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Rick RidgewaySummiting the second highest mountain in the world and building an international outdoor apparel company both require managing risk and Rick Ridgeway, this year’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks speaker, knows about both.

Ridgeway, vice president of environmental affairs for outdoor apparel leader Patagonia, is often recognized for his accomplishment of making the first American ascent of K2, known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. He is an avid adventurer and part of the original Seven Summits expeditions to climb the highest mountain on each of Earth’s seven continents. National Geographic recently honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.

Ridgeway will join in celebrating a year of accomplishments for Legacy Parks Foundation at their annual outdoor luncheon along the banks of the Tennessee River on UT’s Cherokee Farm October 7th at 11:30 a.m. More than 1,000 civic and business leaders attended the sold-out Legacy Luncheon for the Parks last year.

The generous Luncheon sponsors and attendees help Legacy Parks continue to expand and protect our parks, trails and river access. Reserved tables for 10, sponsorships, and individual seats are now available by calling Legacy Parks at 865.525.2585 or by reserving your seat online.

This year’s luncheon is presented by lead sponsor, Pilot Flying J, and sponsored by the following:

Platinum Sponsors:
Texas Instruments

Gold Sponsors:
Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens
Bryant Research
Gulf & Ohio Railways
Robin Easter Design
SouthEast Bank
The Trust Company
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Table Sponsors:
21st Mortgage
AC Entertainment
Ackermann PR
Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Aslan Foundation
Avison Young
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC
Balter Beerworks
BarberMcMurry Archiects
Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc.
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens
Bryant Research
Cannon & Cannon
Catherine Gilreath
Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Conversion Properties
Covenant Health
Dewhirst Construction
Dover Development Corp.
Eagle Distributing Company
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
East Tennessee Foundation
FSG Bank
Gulf and Ohio Railways
Haslam College of Business
Hexagon Brewing Company
Hines and Company PC
Home Federal Bank
Integ, LLC
Janet and Bill Mason
Jerry Becker
John Z.C. Thomas
Johnson & Galyon Construction
Kimberly and Thomas Ford
Knox County Commission
Knoxville Chamber
Knoxville City Council
Knoxville Garden Club
London & Amburn PC
Long, Ragsdale & Waters PC
Martin & Company, Inc.
Mary Beth West Communications
McCarty, Holsaple, McCarty, Inc.
Meridian Trust & Investment Company
Merit Construction
Missy Kane’s Fit and Fun
MOSAIC Private Sanctuary
ORNL Federal Credit Union
Partners Development
Pellissippi State Community College
Pilot Flying J
Pinnacle Bank
Preservation Pub
Raymond James
Realty Trust Group
Regal Entertainment
Robin Easter Design
S&ME Inc.
Sanders Pace Architecture
Scripps Networks
Siddiqi Charitable Foundation
SouthEast Bank
SRW & Associates
Texas Instruments
The Trust Company
Tom and Anna Ford
Tom and Melissa McAdams
Tommy Schumpert
University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
University of Tennessee Medical Center
UT Federal Credit Union
Visit Knoxville
Wood Realtors


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