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Billy Lush Boards & Brew Open for the Season!

Did you know you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, bikes, and more right downtown?

Billy Lush Boards & Brew, located in the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is now open on weekends for the spring season. Hours of operation are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Take advantage of this downtown Tennessee River access at Volunteer Landing, and experience how fun it is to go for a paddle with the city skyline in the background!

Visit the Billy Lush Boards website for more information.

 

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Collier Preserve

COLLIER PRESERVE VOLUNTEER WORKDAY

The almost 12-acre easement on Beaver Creek, next door to the Powell Branch Library, was donated to Legacy Parks by Dr. Bob Collier in December 2016. We’ve been chipping away at the overgrowth and now we are calling all volunteers to pitch in a hand to help us complete the 1st phase of the project – clean up! We need volunteers for trash pick-up, bulb transplanting and weed removal.

Once phase one is complete, we will be able to start transforming the preserve into a beautiful county park that will be maintained by Knox County Parks & Recreation and will include natural surface walking trails, a playground, restored historic structures, a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek and more!

Join us at the workday on Saturday, May 19 from 9am-12pm. Email us to sign-up!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks featuring 3 Rivers Angler

Join us Thursday, April 26 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! April’s featured outdoor partner is 3 Rivers Angler – offering casting demonstrations and awesome door prizes!

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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Baker Creek Preserve Wins Beautification Award

Baker Creek Preserve was recently awarded the 2018 Orchid award for Outdoor Space.  It is an honor to be recognized for our work to help keep Knoxville beautiful and bring more attention to the natural beauty that is Baker Creek Preserve!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks featuring Dream Bikes

Join us Thursday, March 22 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! Dream Bikes will be offering tune-ups and giving away a bike!

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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Legacy Parks Benefit at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Stop by Tupelo Honey in Market Square on Friday, February 23 to support Legacy Parks!

On the last Friday of each month, a portion of proceeds from the ENTIRE day is donated back to our work to expand, protect, and access our parks, trails, and waterways in East Tennessee!

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Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville

WEED WRANGLE-KNOXVILLE AT BAKER CREEK PRESERVE

Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville The third 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 3 from 9am-12pm 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 third year through the coordination of volunteers at Baker Creek Preserve! Just email Sarah at srump@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 Night at Balter Beerworks featuring Knox Skate Park

Join us Thursday, February 22 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! Knox Skate Park will bring the fun and you’ll have the chance to try out some urban skateboarding.

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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A Play Forest for Middle Schoolers

Legacy Parks Foundation just opened the new Baker Creek Play Forest, creating the first play space in our region designed specifically to encourage increased physical activity among middle school aged children.

The Play Forest is located in the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness just three miles from downtown, and is connected by trail to the adjacent Baker Creek Preserve and South Doyle Middle School. With large structures for climbing, sliding, swinging and socializing tucked between towering trees, the Play Forest meets the requests of local students who participated in the research used to design the space.

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Legacy Parks creating river access at McBee Ferry

Creating Access to the Holston River

Kicking off its Head of the Tennessee Initiative, Legacy Parks has raised funds and was awarded grants to acquire the McBee Ferry Landing property along the Holston River, which it will turn into a Knox County park within the next year. It creates much needed access to the Holston River within a 22-mile stretch with no other public access point. Located off the Andrew Johnson Highway on Old Strawberry Plains Pike, the park will be ideal for fishing, boat access and picnicking, and offers a stunning view of the unique McBee Bridge.

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