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Rick Ridgeway

Patagonia VP to Speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Patagonia Vice President Rick Ridgeway will be the featured speaker at the annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks benefiting Legacy Parks Foundation October 7th at UT’s Cherokee Farm on Alcoa Highway. The luncheon is presented by Pilot and sponsored by UCOR, Gulf and Ohio Railway, Texas Instruments, and Robin Easter Design.

The annual luncheon funds the work of Legacy Parks Foundation to preserve open space, expand parks, and improve the overall quality of life and economic vitality of our community. It is the Foundation’s only major fundraising event of the year.

Rick Ridgeway is Patagonia’s Vice President of Environmental Affairs where he oversees vanguard environmental and sustainability initiatives. In addition to business, Rick is recognized as a mountaineer and adventurer, making the first American ascent of K2.  He has produced and directed several documentary films, written dozens of magazine articles and six books. National Geographic recently honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.

Over 1,000 civic leaders attended the Legacy Luncheon last year. Reserved tables for 10 and sponsorships are now available by calling Legacy Parks at 865.525.2585 or clicking here.

$5,000 PLATINUM SPONSOR
•    Two premium location reserved tables for 10 guests each
•    Invitation for six guests at a limited-attendance reception for Rick on Thursday evening
•    Logo and/or name recognition on all marketing materials including media releases, the Legacy Parks Foundation website, event program, event signage, and advertisements
•    Recognition as a Platinum Sponsor on legacyparks.org and in our monthly newsletter
•    Tax-deductible benefits associated with your contribution

$2,500 GOLD SPONSOR
•    One premium location reserved table for 10 guests
•    Invitation for four guests at a limited-attendance reception for Rick on Thursday evening
•    Logo and/or name recognition on all marketing materials, including media releases, the Legacy Parks Foundation website, event program, event signage, and advertisements
•    Tax-deductible benefits associated with your contribution

$1,000 TABLE SPONSOR
•    One reserved table for 10 guests
•    Recognition on event signage

$100 INDIVIDUAL SPONSOR


 

 

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Downhill Racetrack Grand Opening

Devil’s Racetrack Opens to Thrills and National Riders

Downhill Racetrack Grand OpeningA nationally rated downhill mountain bike trail opened in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness this month, furthering Knoxville’s growing reputation as a significant mountain bike destination.

Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Trail is a professional designed and constructed 0.8 mile extreme downhill trail funded by a $100,000 Bell Helmet grant awarded to the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) through an online national vote. With more than 26,000 votes cast, Knoxville beat out Asheville and San Francisco to get the trail built in South Knoxville on the Baker Creek Preserve, property donated by the Wood family to Legacy Parks Foundation.

In addition to Devil’s Racetrack, two additional multi-use trails were officially opened — Best Medicine and Pappy’s Way.  Those two trails — plus seven opened earlier this month — were funded by a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program grant from the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Five of the eight trails are for both hiking and biking and include a virtually flat beginner trail. The three dedicated downhill mountain bike trails introduce a different style of trail into the Urban Wilderness trail system.

Legacy Parks and AMBC have worked closely with the International Mountain Bike Association in developing trails and enthusiasm for mountain biking in the region. An IMBA grant to AMBC funded the design of the trail system on Baker Creek Preserve. The Bell Built grant continued the partnership with IMBA.

The opening Devil’s Racetrack brings the total number of trails to eight on Baker Creek Preserve, adding seven miles of trail to the existing 42 miles in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Earlier this month Legacy Parks and AMBC opened the Red Bud Bridge connecting the Baker Creek Preserve to the existing Urban Wilderness South Loop system. The bridge was funded entirely by private dollars by Legacy Parks Foundation and the AMBC through a grant from REI and private donations.

Over the past year the 100-acre property donated to Legacy Parks Foundation by the Wood family has been transformed into an outdoor recreational destination with nearly seven miles of multi-use and downhill mountain bike trails, a bike pump track plus an adventure playground under construction.

Last month Legacy Parks opened the Cherokee and Baker Creek Trails across the street from Baker Creek Preserve connecting South Doyle Middle School into Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The trail construction was the legacy project for the Professional TrailBuilders Association when they held their national conference in Knoxville. These trails and boardwalk over Baker Creek create not only a recreational amenity for the students but also provide a safe walkway to the school.

Trail names at Baker Creek Preserve reflect the terrain and history of the property. Devil’s Racetrack and Floyd Fox pay homage to the days of moonshine in south Knoxville. The Barn Burner Downhill trail terminates at the location of the old barn on the property. Sycamore Loop winds through some of the largest native trees in the area. Cruze Valley Run descends into the valley located in the heart of the property in the wide-open meadow between the two ridges. Pappy’s Way treks up to Pappy’s Point and pays thanks to the property donor.

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Grant Continues REI’s Investment in Kids and Trails

Baker-Creek-Preserve-Layout-600A Kid’s Pump Track and Loop Trail will be the next addition to Baker Creek Preserve thanks to grants to Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) from national co-op REI. This continues a three-year partnership with REI and the two organizations to expand recreational opportunities and create greater access in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

These new features will provide a place for kids to learn to mountain bike and venture into the woods. This will be the only kids-only trail and track in the area. The Baker Creek location offers eight additional trails and connects into the forty-plus miles within the Urban Wilderness South Loop — allowing kids to progress up to more challenging trails as they improve and choose.

The Kids Pump Track and Loop Trail will be located at the entrance of Baker Creek Preserve adjacent to an adventure playground opening next month. The adventure play area is made possible by grants from the Siddiqi Foundation and  donated design, materials and labor from Earthadelic and Merit Construction, plus exceptional assistance from the City of Knoxville.

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Avenza Mobile PDF Maps

Get Mobile in the Urban Wilderness

Avenza Mobile PDF MapsThe mobile app for the Urban Wilderness 50-mile trail system allows you to pinpoint your exact location on the trails; measure distances by “drawing” a line on the map; record tracks and report how far you have traveled; and give you an approximate estimate on the elevation you have gained or lost. Click here for instructions on adding The Urban Wilderness trail map onto your mobile device. Once the free app is downloaded, these simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through setup. After the map is downloaded to your mobile device, read the “Getting Started” section to learn about the various features available. This is a great resource for all who set out to explore Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness! Mobile Map App includes the new trails at Baker Creek Preserve!

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Knoxville Urban Wilderness Map

New Urban Wilderness Maps Available at Local Sponsors

Knoxville Urban Wilderness MapHot off the press! The 17″ x 14″ folded pocket-sized Urban Wilderness maps that include the new Baker Creek Preserve trail system along with other trail updates in the Urban Wilderness, are now available both online and at our local sponsors.

Maps are available at the following sponsor locations: Mast General Store; Three Rivers Market; Bike Zoo; Cedar Bluff Cycles; Cycology Bicycles; Ijams Nature Center; Knox Whiskey Works; Navitat at Ijams Nature Center; Knoxville Track Club at Runner’s Market; Little River Trading Company; REI; Onsight Rock Gym; Tennessee Valley Bicycles; Visit Knoxville; and the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. Other map sponsors include Vick Dyer with Caldwell Banker, Wallace & Wallace Realtors; Appalachian Mountain Bike Club; First Neighborhoods Realty; and the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club.

Online printable letter-sized maps for the South Loop in addition to the individual trail systems are available on both the Legacy Parks and Outdoor Knoxville websites.

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Downhill Racetrack Grand Opening

Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Creates National Venue

A nationally rated downhill mountain bike trail opened in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, furthering Knoxville’s growing reputation as a significant mountain bike destination.

Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Trail is a professional designed and constructed .8 mile extreme downhill trail funded by a $100,000 Bell Helmet grant awarded to the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) through an online national vote. With more than 26,000 votes cast, Knoxville beat out Asheville and San Francisco to get the trail built in South Knoxville on the Baker Creek Preserve, property donated by the Wood family to Legacy Parks Foundation.

“From the beginning, our goal was to help bring communities together in the name of mountain biking, and to see Bell Built evolve into the impactful annual program it has become. The way that IMBA, AMBC and Legacy Parks have nurtured this project is a great example for any community and we hope other communities take notice and follow their lead. We are proud to be a part of such an amazing project,” says Jessica Klodnicki, Bell Helmets Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We’d like to thank IMBA, Legacy Parks and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club for all of their passion, perseverance, vision and hard work in bringing the Devil’s Racetrack to life as a wonderful addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and the Baker Creek Preserve.”

In addition to Devil’s Racetrack, two additional multi-use trails were officially opened — Best Medicine and Pappy’s Way. Those two trail — plus seven opened earlier this month — were funded by a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program grant from the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Five of the eight trails are for both hiking and biking and include a virtually flat beginner trail. The three dedicated downhill mountain bike trails introduce a different style of trail into the Urban Wilderness trail system.

“It’s rare to find the variety, diversity and quality of trail in the heart of a city that we have here in Knoxville,” said Matthew Kellogg, AMBC president. “To have a virtually flat, beginner trail along side a downhill trail that features a nearly vertical 50′ wall ride, tables, gaps, and challenging rock line is such a unique destination. It makes it incredibly easy for riders to progress from beginner rides to extreme rides right on the same property and within a network of over fifty miles of varied trail. Our Urban Wilderness now rivals any urban mountain bike venues in the country.”

Legacy Parks and AMBC have worked closely with the International Mountain Bike Association in developing trails and enthusiasm for mountain biking in the region. An IMBA grant to AMBC funded the design of the trail system on Baker Creek Preserve. The Bell Built grant continued the partnership with IMBA.

“We are thankful to Bell for their continued dedication to furthering development in the mountain bike community,” says Heather Cooper, IMBA Senior Director of Marketing. “2016 marks the 4th year that Bell has partnered with IMBA on the Bell Built Grant and the response keeps getting bigger and better. Projects like this are at the core of why IMBA exists; working on the ground with local chapters helping to build great trail and community. Devil’s Racetrack is the result of an amazing collaboration from the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Legacy Parks, Bell, and IMBA Trail Solutions.”

The opening brings the total number of trails to eight on Baker Creek Preserve, adding seven miles of trail to the existing 42 miles in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Earlier this month Legacy Parks and AMBC opened the Red Bud Bridge connecting the Baker Creek Preserve to the existing Urban Wilderness South Loop system. The bridge was funded entirely by private dollars by Legacy Parks Foundation and the AMBC through a grant from REI and private donations.

Over the past year the 100-acre property donated to Legacy Parks Foundation by the Wood family has been transformed into an outdoor recreational destination with nearly seven miles of multi-use and downhill mountain bike trails, a bike pump track plus an adventure playground under construction.

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Trinity Health Foundation Grant

Legacy Parks Receives $15,000 Trinity Grant

The Trinity Health Foundation recently awarded Legacy Parks a Large Grants Division Phase I “Planning Grant” of $15,000 to compete for a Phase II “Implementation Grant” of up to $150,000.

Legacy Parks submitted a proposal for the Adventure Park at Baker Creek Preserve. Located adjacent to South Doyle Middle School and connecting to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, the proposed park will include a variety of stimulating activities in a creative, natural environment to increase physical activity for better health.

Studies show that creating an activity-friendly environment is one way to turn around the trends and consequences of obesity. There is a direct relationship between access to outdoor recreation and increased physical activity, and even minimum daily activity can have a positive effect on weight and health.

The Phase I funding will provide for community input, Adventure park engineering, planning, and design of the park and proposed amenities. The final awards will be announced in October.

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Mayors on Redbud Bridge

Baker Creek Preserve Bridge and Trails Open

Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness expanded by 100 acres and five new trails today with the opening of the Red Bud Bridge and north ridge trails at Baker Creek Preserve.

The 100-acre property donated to Legacy Parks Foundation by the Wood family has been transformed into an outdoor recreational destination with nearly seven miles of multi-use and downhill mountain bike trails, a bike pump track plus an adventure playground under construction.

“We’re thrilled to not only expand the Urban Wilderness for recreational fun, but proud to connect schools, businesses, neighborhoods and neighbors with these trails. Our more than fifty miles of trail are an amenities for both residents and visitors,” Carol Evans, Legacy Parks executive director explained. more details

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Cherokee Trail Opens at South Doyle Middle School

StudentsTrailSignLegacy Parks Foundation announced the opening of the new Cherokee Trail at South Doyle Middle School, culminating years of work and collaboration between Legacy Parks Foundation, local neighborhoods in South Knoxville, Knox County Schools, the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Visit Knoxville, and other public and private entities. This trail connects neighborhoods and provides a new, safe walking and biking route to South Doyle Middle School for students and other community members.

“Cherokee Trail connects the school and provides direct access for local residents into the Knoxville Urban Wilderness,” said Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation. “It’s a beautiful example of what’s possible when different entities and sectors of our community work together toward a common benefit. South Knoxville residents are now closer than ever to the Urban Wilderness and some of the amazing, character-defining assets of our city.”

Work on the trails started in March 2016, during the Professional Trailbuilders Association’s (PTBA) Sustainable Trails Conference. Visit Knoxville and Legacy Parks helped recruit the group’s conference to Knoxville; Legacy Parks Foundation worked with PTBA to use the building of these trails as part of its conference workshops and “legacy project,” a lasting PBTA community service effort involving over 110 individuals. “Trails provide an opportunity for physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, economic, and community wellness. We thank everyone who helped make the new trails possible and wish future trail users great experiences,” said Peter Jensen, PBTA President.

Local residents are delighted by this safer travel option, and the improvement it brings to South Knoxville’s quality of life. “Cherokee Trail provides safe passage to school for South Doyle Middle School students, and will be used now and for generations to come,” said Amber Rountree, Knox County Schools Board of Education member who serves the Ninth District, which includes South Doyle Middle School.

Tennessee State Senator Becky Duncan Massey added, “The trail connects our neighborhoods with our school, which is great for the South Knoxville community.” Knox County Commissioner Mike Brown summed up the collaborative efforts by saying, “If you build it, they will come. What a great accomplishment for our city.”

South Doyle Middle School’s students were asked to name the trail, and they decided to honor their school mascot. Cherokee Trail runs from the school’s outdoor classroom to the Baker Creek Preserve. The classroom includes a large, hardscaped amphitheater with views of the natural area across the creek. Students work with teachers and volunteers to study water quality and ecology, and the classroom is also available for community use.

The opening of these trails is the first of a series of exciting announcements and events Legacy Parks Foundation will be coordinating throughout the spring and early summer. The entire Knoxville community is welcome and invited to use and explore the trails.

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Urban Wilderness Expands

Baker Creek Preserve MapPlease join us on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 10:30 am for the opening of FIVE NEW TRAILS on Baker Creek Preserve and the NEW RED BUD BRIDGE connecting Baker Creek Preserve into Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness! This bridge was constructed by Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club with funding from national retailer REI and private donations. The new trails were funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. This expansion adds 100 acres to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and over 7 miles of trail. The new trails include two dedicated downhill mountain bike trails, a 1.5 mile beginner loop trail and two multi-use trails.

Local dignitaries, community members, AMBC and Legacy Park Foundation representatives will participate in a brief program and the official trail and bridge opening. Please confirm your attendance by emailing Cameron at cbroome@legacyparks.org. Park at 4301 Sevierville Pike.

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