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2015 Outdoor KnoxFest Set

OKF color logoMark your calendar now for a weekend full of activities and adventures to celebrate outdoor recreation in Knoxville and our Urban Wilderness! Outdoor Knoxfest – April 24-26 – is for experienced adventurers, new outdoor enthusiasts, and nature lovers to participate in group hikes, road and mountain bike rides, paddles, fishing events, and other activities to get you outdoors and enjoying our recreational assets.

Whether you want an exciting challenge or just want to try a new activity for fun, there is an event for you! Three different skill levels for each activity will provide a place for everyone to experience and enjoy our outdoors. And, for those interested in learning more about outdoor activities and skills, clinics and demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend.

Continue to check for updated schedules and registration information.

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2015 Initiatives Detailed in Recent Article

CarolEvans_3_11736489_ver1.0_640_480A recent article in the Knoxville News Sentinel outlined Legacy Parks Foundation’s plans for 2015 that include creating public access along the French Broad and Holston river tailwaters, and completing a trail in East Knox County that will allow biking, hiking, and horseback riding from East Bridge Business Park to House Mountain.

Morgan Simmons interviewed Executive Director Carol Evans after a boat trip on the lower Holston River to look at possible locations for developing access points. Simmons details the plans for the new year and reviews the recent success and awards won by Legacy Parks.
Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

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Urban Hikes Guidebook is a Hot Commodity!

Urban Hikes GuidebookThe new Urban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee guidebook has been a big hit as a gift and for those interested in hikes close to town with unique local sights and sounds. Written by three members of the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club, the book recommends hikes close to town with potential for sightings of flowers, birds, vistas, or locations of historical events. The book includes directions, maps, and color photographs of each hike.

Urban Hikes has recently sold out, but is now available at several retail outlets including Mast General Store, Union Avenue Books, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports, Three Rivers Market, and the Knoxville Visitors Center. It can also be ordered online through this website.

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Welcome New Board Members

Joe PetreNine new members were elected to the Legacy Parks Foundation Board of Directors at the November meeting. We are pleased to welcome these new board members as we say good-bye to several who have served us well during their terms.

Those joining the board are:
John Becker, anchor at WBIR-TV
Charles Busler, Knox County Commissioner, 7th District
Jenny Hines, president of Hines and Company, CPA
Will Johnson, business development analyst at Proton Power
Thomas Krajewski, land specialist for National Land Realty
Bill Mason, attorney with Kennerly Montgomery
Cecilia Petersen, chief financial officer at Pershing Yoakley and Associates
Ken Rueter, president and project manager at URS-CH2M Oak Ridge (UCOR)
Chris Trump, shareholder at Egerton, McAffee, Armistead and Davis attorneys

A big THANK YOU to our outgoing board members:
Cathy Ackermann, Rebecca Bryant, David Collins, Kathy Hamilton, Tony Norman, Roger Osborne, and Chad Youngblood.

Officers elected for 2015 are:
Joe Petre, President
Larry Kleinman, Vice President
Mark Mamantov, Secretary
Jenny Hines, Treasurer

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Legacy Parks Merchandise Available Now

Silver Urban Wilderness NecklaceGive the gift of more places to play by purchasing Friends of Legacy Parks memberships or great Legacy Parks merchandise for your friends and family. Your contribution helps us continue to expand parks and trails and preserve our natural assets for generations to come.

Several new products are available for purchase on our website. We are excited to include the very popular new Urban Hikes guidebook, written by local members of the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club. These books already sold out of the first printing and are flying out the door! And if there’s a woman on your list, our beautiful sterling silver necklace with the Urban Wilderness logo (photo) is a great idea. Get Out & Play t-shirts and a package of notecards featuring photographs of local points of interest by professional photographer Jack Rose round out the collection.

Support Legacy Parks by visiting our Buy Stuff webpage.

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Forks of the River Trail Use Guidelines

UntitledForks of the River Wildlife Management Area is a public hunting area managed by Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency. TWRA is a great partner and allows hiking and biking trails throughout the area, but users must be aware of the possibility of hunting activity at any time. For everyone’s enjoyment and safety, please note the following guidelines:

The interior trails are closed to all non-hunters during the following times:

Apr. 4th through May 17th
Before Noon Every Day

Sept. 6th through Feb. 28th
All day on Tuesday and Thursday
Before Noon on Saturday and Sunday

The Will Skelton Greenway and perimeter trails (Augie’s Run, Bluff and southeast Dozer) remain open at all times.The trail closings coincide with the Forks of the River WMA hunting schedule that supersedes the state calendar. The area is closed one hour after sunset until one hour before sunrise, except for raccoon and opossum hunters and scheduled events. All animals with non-hunters are required to be leashed.

For questions about land management and hunting rules please contact TWRA online or call 865-856-9711.

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Join Us For The Launch Of Urban Hikes Guidebook

cropped coverUrban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee, a new guidebook by Ron Shrieves, Mac Post, and Christine Hamilton, will go on sale Friday, November 21 at a celebration and book signing event at Mast General Store from 5 to 8 p.m. The authors are all members of the local Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club and spent a year hiking all the suggested routes in preparation for the book. The authors will donate all book profits to Legacy Parks Foundation.

The book describes local urban hikes “that not only allow for an enjoyable physical workout, but also stimulate interest in some aspects of the nature and culture found in our community,” states the introduction. Color photographs and maps accompany the descriptions of the recommended hikes. A forward by former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe and a history of area greenways by Will Skelton are also featured in the book.

Following the event the book will be available at several local retailers and online at

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Legacy Luncheon Draws Crowd to Celebrate Outdoors

corker speakingUnder a large tent on the newly acquired Wood property in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, nearly 700 business and civic leaders and outdoor recreation supporters came together at last week’s annual Legacy Luncheon for the Parks. Senator Bob Corker spoke about the importance of recreation opportunities and quality of life to a community.

Presented by Pilot Flying J and sponsored by South East Bank, Texas Instruments, and Robin Easter Design, the fundraiser celebrates the accomplishments of Legacy Parks and its partner organizations in establishing East Tennessee as a recreation destination. “I don’t know of a place that has more opportunity in that regard than East Tennessee,” said Corker.

Thanks to presenting sponsor Pilot Flying J, sponsors South East Bank, Texas Instruments, Robin Easter Design, and Table Sponsors.

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There’s a New Ride In Town!

BikeRental-Announcement 2Knoxville is known as a “Bicycle Friendly Community,” and a new program makes rental bikes available at multiple locations downtown to take advantage of that friendliness in the city center. Legacy Parks Foundation, Regions Bank, Billy Lush Board Shop, and Visit Knoxville have partnered to provide Get Out & Play! bike rentals at the Outdoor Adventure Center and the Knoxville Visitors Center.

“Legacy Parks is really excited to offer this new rental program. We have such a bikable city, and these two locations provide access to greenways, parks, the river, UT, and many points of interest in the downtown core. It is a great collaboration,” said Carol Evans, Executive Director of Legacy Parks Foundation.

Regions Bank donated eight of their signature green bikes for the Get Out & Play! program. Four will be stationed at the Outdoor Adventure Center (900 Volunteer Landing Lane) and four at the Visitors Center (301 S. Gay Street). Rentals are managed online at or on site at the Outdoor Adventure Center and the Visitors Center.

“Regions is proud to partner with Legacy Parks, Visit Knoxville, and Billy Lush Board Shop on such an enjoyable and beneficial program for our community. Now the citizens of Knoxville and visitors to Knoxville can tour our beautiful city by bike and see what makes Knoxville so special,” added Kevin Crateau, Regions Bank Marketing Director.

A new map created for the program outlines three distinct routes in the downtown area and highlights interesting locations along the way. “Our greenways link so many beautiful parts of our city and this bike program will provide our visitors with a fun, affordable way to experience them. We are thrilled to be a partner on this project and look forward to expanding it in the coming months,” said Visit Knoxville president Kim Bumpas.

Two-hour bike rentals cost $19 for adults, $15 for teachers and military personnel, and $12 for youth under 17. Friends of Legacy Parks receive a 50% discount. Rentals include the bike with lock, the new map, and for the first 100 renters – a Regions Bank backpack to carry supplies.

For more information or to rent a bike, please call the Billy Lush Board Shop at 865.322.5874, or go online to

Downtown businesses that want to provide bike racks should contact or call 865.215.6100. Any location that would like to encourage riders to visit may contact Legacy Parks for a Get Out & Play! sticker.

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Corker to Speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

We are excited to announce that Senator Bob Corker will be our featured speaker at the Legacy Luncheon for the Parks on November 5. The annual event celebrates the work of Legacy Parks Foundation in preserving open space, expanding parks, and improving the overall quality of life and economic vitality of our community. The luncheon is hosted by the mayors of Knoxville and Knox County and draws over 700 business and community leaders in support of the work of Legacy Parks.

Elected to the US Senate in 2006, Senator Corker is the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee and an active member of the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. Corker served as Mayor of Chattanooga from 2001-05, and had previously been appointed Tennessee Commissioner of Finance and Administration.

Sponsorships of the Legacy Luncheon for the Parks are limited and available now. Individual tables for 10 may be reserved for $1,000, and individual seats for $100. Reservations can be made online or by phone at 865.525.2585.

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