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10 Songs, Places, Years Celebrates Legacy Parks’ Anniversary

As Legacy Parks Foundation celebrates 10 years of preserving our special places and expanding parks and recreation opportunities, local musicians are recognizing our efforts with videos recorded in 10 of those special places. The videos were released at an event at WDVX’s Blue Plate Special at noon on Monday, August 31.

Josh Philips, president of Pyxl, Inc., who underwrote the video collection said, “We are proud to present 10 Songs-Places-Years. We are passionate about the Knoxville community. The combination of music by local artists in these uniquely local settings further demonstrates the richness of the community we call home.”

Local musicians and locations included in the series are:

Todd Steed at Brian’s Hann’s Bridges in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness

Trisha Gene Brady at House Mountain

Wil Wright at Hayworth Hollow

Jason Thompson at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area

Scott Miller at the River Bluff

Kelle Jolly at Bicentennial Park

Robinella at Seven Islands State Birding Park

RB Morris at the Head of the Tennessee River

Sam Quinn at Fort Dickerson

Cruz Contreras at Mead’s Quarry

Legacy Parks Foundation has either managed, preserved, or helped create recreational opportunities at each of these sites. “We are excited about these videos that will showcase the variety of projects Legacy Parks has worked on over the past 10 years,” said Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Foundation’s Executive Director. “We have collaborated with many different groups and individuals to position our community as a top outdoor destination,” Evans added.

The videos, produced by AK Consulting, LLC, are available online.

 

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2015 Legacy Luncheon is Sold Out!

The 2015 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks celebrating our 10th Anniversary is sold out, and for the first time 1,000 people will attend the annual fundraiser.

With Cheryl Strayed, the bestselling author of the memoir Wild as the featured speaker, and at the picturesque UT Holston River Farm at the head of the Tennessee, this will be a memorable time for all who attend.

If you have not gotten tickets, there is still one more chance for you! WILD WEEK begins Monday, September 7 with a special screening of the movie Wild at the Regal Riviera at 7 p.m. Tickets for the movie include chances for door prizes from REI and two tickets to the Legacy Luncheon – and those could be yours! Your movie ticket also includes a pass for discounts and specials at participating merchants during the week.

Movie tickets are available online. You may be the last to have the opportunity to attend this exciting event!

Thank you to our Luncheon Sponsors:

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And, thanks to these Table Sponsors:

21st Mortgage

A.C. Entertainment

Ackermann PR/Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

ASLAN Foundation

Avison Young

Baker, Donelson, Bearmen, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Balter Beer Works

Barbara Apking

Barber McMurry Architects/Partners Development

Bass, Berry & Sims

Bill West

Breese and Kathryn Johnson

Bryant Research

Cannon & Cannon

Community Connectors

Conversion Properties

Covenant Health

Dean Smith Realty

Dewhirst Construction

Earthadelic

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

East Tennessee Foundation

Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, PC

Hines & Company

Humana

Image Matters

Janet and Bill Mason

Jerry Becker

John Thomas

Johnson & Galyon

Knoxville Chamber

Knoxville Parks and Recreation

Kroger

LHP Capital, LLC

Long, Ragsdale & Waters, PC

Martin & Company

Melrose Title Company

Meridian Trust

Missy Fit and Fun

ORNL Federal Credit Union

Pellissippi State Community College

PetSafe

Pinnacle Bank

Readers Among Us

Realty Trust Group

Red River Waste Solutions

Regal Entertainment Group

S&ME/Littlejohn

Scripps Networks

Siddiqi Charitable Foundation

SmartBank

SRW & Associates/Merit Construction

Stowers Equipment

Tennova

The Knoxville Garden Club

Tommy Schumpert

University of Tennessee Office of the President

University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design

University of Tennessee College of Business

UT Federal Credit Union

Visit Knoxville

Waste Connections

WBIR

Willis

Wood Realty

 

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Wild – A Movie with Benefits

WILD WEEK begins on Monday with a special showing of the movie Wild at the Regal Riviera on Gay Street. Tickets are still available and they include the chance for door prizes from REI and a chance to win two tickets to the SOLD OUT Legacy Luncheon for the Parks on Friday, featuring the author of Wild, Cheryl Strayed. These last two tickets available for the luncheon could be yours!

What’s even better is that your ticket also includes a pass for a WILD WEEK of discounts and offers from these retailers and restaurants: Billy Lush Board Shop, Bliss, Central Flats & Taps, Mast General Store, Preservation Pub, REI Scruffy City Hall, Suttree’s Tavern, Tennessee Valley Bikes, Trio Cafe, and Union Avenue Books.

Movie tickets are limited and available here. Come join us for a Wild time!

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Everly Brothers Park

Everly Brothers Park will be a tribute to the duo whose storied musical career has deep roots in Knoxville.

“The Everly Brothers were one of the major influences on the Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don.” – Sir Paul McCartney

 
Working with the City of Knoxville, the Bearden Council is raising funds to create this unique community park of national significance. It will be the only park in the county that celebrates the legendary Everly Brothers.

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will be on the Bearden Village Greenway at the corner of Kingston Pike and Forest Park Boulevard. Beautiful landscaping, a small stage, benches, and a signature art piece will make it a stunning addition to the city and an engaging destination.

“We owe these guys everything. They started it all.” – Bob Dylan

 
The Everly Brothers, along with musical pioneers Buddy Holly, Elvis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry ushered in the early years of rock and roll. Their close harmony and smooth guitar licks combined with their blended country, rock, and blues style directly influenced The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, and others.

The Everly family moved to Knoxville to perform on WROL’s Cas Walker radio show in 1953. Don and Phil enrolled at West High School and the family stayed in Knoxville until Don’s graduation in 1955. They then moved to Nashville with dreams of performing on the Grand Ole Opry. Though they only lived in Knoxville a few years, the events during that time were significant to their later success. History of the Everly Brothers

 

“Knoxville is proud to be the city that nurtured the Everly Brothers and this commemorative park will be a great addition to the neighborhood.” – Mayor Madeline Rogero

 

Please help secure Knoxville’s place in rock and roll history through your generous contribution to Everly Brothers Park.

Contribute Here!

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First ‘Bioblitz’ in Urban Wilderness Needs Volunteers

Legacy Parks is partnering with Discover Life in America, the University of Tennessee, the City of Knoxville, and the Aslan Foundation to catalog the biodiversity in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. On Saturday, August 22, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., the first “Bioblitz” will be held at High Ground Park, 1000 Cherokee Trail, and volunteers may help with the project.

‘Bio’ means life and ‘blitz’ means to do something quickly and intensively. A Bioblitz, is a collaborative race against the clock to discover as many species of plants and animals within a set location. Although led by professionals, volunteers are needed to help with the identification in order to cover the most ground. No experience is necessary, just some free time and an interest in learning about biodiversity. Anyone (over the age of 10) is welcome to join us, and registration is required.

As the South Knoxville area becomes more popular as a recreation destination, it is important that we understand the breadth of species and habitats in order to create a plan for preservation and restoration. The Bioblitz will be part of a full-scale ecological inventory of the Urban Wilderness that will serve as a guide in prioritizing eradication of invasive species, land management, and future acquisition of land. The final product will be a comprehensive report of ecological, geological, and historical attributes of the Urban Wilderness and may be used for educational and public research.

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48 Hours in Knoxville Starts at Outdoor Adventure Center

Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s recent article 48 Hours in Knoxville notes we are “now fast becoming one of the hottest outdoor cities on the east coast.”

And, they say the place to start is our Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. As an outpost of the Knoxville Visitors Center, we have maps, brochures, magazines, and flyers about all sorts of activities. The Billy Lush Board Shop on the main level rents paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and bikes to be used in the river or on the greenway, both adjoining our location on Volunteer Landing.

The author also mentions several locations within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and admits you could easily spend your entire 48 hours just playing there!

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Legacy Parks and TWRA Partner for Sunflower Festival

Sunflower 6The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has planned a Sunflower Festival at their Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area for Saturday, July 18, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. TWRA will provide an interpretive talk at 10:30, and live bluegrass music from “Roundup” at 11. Legacy Parks and representatives from the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club will lead hikes to see the sunflowers at 9:30 and noon.

Forks of the River is located just south of Ijams Nature Center off McClure Lane. It incorporates a large part of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The Whaley Trail, which borders the river from the Will Skelton Greenway and the edge of Forks of the River to the parking area at Burnett Creek Road, are exempt from the new high impact user fees.

For more information, please contact the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency.

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Forks of the River Perimeter Trail Exempt from New User Fees

Forks_mapThe Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency now requires a high impact user permit for hooved riders, off-road vehicles, and bicyclists at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area.

Legacy Parks has worked with TWRA to maintain access to the 12.5-mile main South Loop Trail through Forks of the River. Use of the Will Skelton Greenway and the new perimeter Whaley Trail (formerly Augie’s Run, Bluff, and Dozer) will not require a permit.

The new user fees, which went into effect on July 1, are designed to help pay for maintenance of the WMA. See their website for more information about TWRA regulations

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Legacy Parks Receives REI Community Grant

REI checkKnoxville’s REI store awarded $10,000 Community Grants to Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to build a bridge connecting trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The bridge will cross Red Bud Road and connect the new Wood property to the greater Urban Wilderness South Loop trail system.

Working together with community groups, REI hopes to build greater awareness of efforts to care for and increase access to the outdoor recreation places where their members and customers play. This is the second year that both Legacy Parks and the AMBC were named recipients of the REI funds. “We really appreciate what these two organizations are doing to increase the recreational opportunities in our community,” said Nolan Wildfire, Outdoor Program and Community Outreach Coordinator at REI. “The addition of the bridge opens up a much broader range of trails for our customers and employees to enjoy,” she added.

Red Bud Road BridgeThe grant funding will allow the construction of a key piece of recreational infrastructure – a bike and pedestrian bridge across a heavily trafficked city road. The bridge will create a safe road crossing, increase access to the trails, connect neighborhoods and a middle school to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and will provide a new commuter route. “We are thrilled to again be chosen by REI as a partner, and appreciate their commitment to improving and expanding our trails,” said Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation. The bridge should be in place by late Fall.

 

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UT Baker Center Cites Potential Benefits of Urban Wildernes

Dr. Charles Sims, Faculty Fellow at the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, recently published a paper estimating the economic impact of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness on the three county region of Knox, Anderson, and Grainger. Though looking just at bike-related use, the study identifies three potential future growth scenarios (local, regional, and national) with impressive results.

An important fact noted in the study is that the trail extent, variety, and proximity to downtown makes the Urban Wilderness unmatched in the United States. “Few cities outside the Rocky Mountain region have trail systems or bike parks within 10 miles of downtown with as many trail miles as the Urban Wilderness. This proximity to retail, entertainment, and lodging implies a greater potential economic impact compared to most other trail systems situated in rural areas.”

According to the report, current spending by visitors to the Urban Wilderness generates $241,498 in state and local sales tax revenue and the total local economic impact is $14.7 million. If the Urban Wilderness grows to be a true regional destination, sales tax revenues would double, and the economic impact would grow to $25.7 million. Becoming a national destination would double sales tax revenues again – with the economic effect of over $50 million.

So, the Urban Wilderness trails are not only an exceptional recreational amenity, they are an important economic asset as well. You can read the entire Baker Center report here.

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