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We Found Some Really Great Places to Play…and Sing

Tune-in to our YouTube Channel to hear these beautiful songs of nature featuring 10 musicians in 10 local outdoor settings throughout the next few months.

Here’s the lineup: Cruz Contreras at Mead’s Quarry, then Wil Wright at Hayworth Hollow, Sam Quinn at Fort Dickerson, RB Morris at Head of the Tennessee, Robinella Bailey at Seven Islands State Birding Park, Todd Steed at Brian Hann’s Bridges, Trisha Gene Brady at House Mountain, Kelle Jolly at Bicentennial Park, Jason Thompson at Forks of the River, Scott Miller at River Bluff

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Inspiration and Announcements – the 2018 Legacy Luncheon

We are grateful that the 2018 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks was another huge success thanks to our amazing speaker and the nearly 1,000 sponsors and Friends who gathered at UT’s Holston River Farm at the Head of the Tennessee River to support our work. Pete McBride, National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, photographer and filmmaker, shared inspiration and ideas with the crowd, as we enjoyed crisp weather and a wonderful lunch.

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Collaborating with Ijams Nature Center on Primal Playground

Legacy Parks Foundation announced a collaboration with Ijams Nature Center, Earthadelic and the Siddiqi Foundation to create a Primal Playground. The first natural exercise/training site of its kind, combining landscape features such as boulders, logs and trees with customizable training plans designed by a physical fitness expert.

“Research shows that exercising in natural areas increases the intensity of that activity while increasing our connection to the natural world,” Ijams executive director Amber Parker said. “People build connections to nature in different ways, and the Ijams Primal Playground will be a way for people to get out of the gym and into the wonder of East Tennessee’s landscape. This project will get a whole new group of people outdoors and give nature lovers another way to spend time in the wild.”

The Ijams Primal Playground will be funded through a partnership with Legacy Parks Foundation, The Siddiqi Charitable Foundation and Earthadelic, a local landscape and construction company.

“The mission of Legacy Parks is to ensure that this community has access to outstanding recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces,” said Legacy Parks executive director Carol Evans. “Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. Amber’s vision for the Ijams Primal Playground is something that hasn’t been done before, and Legacy Parks is thrilled to be able to bring on Siddiqi Charitable Foundation and Earthadelic as partners.”

Ijams’ goal is to create an experience that marries nature and fitness in such a way that the training area blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings and enhances the benefits of exercise.

The Ijams Primal Playground also will include educational elements about the history of Mead’s Quarry and the natural history of the region, creating a well-rounded exercise and educational experience unlike anything currently being offered.

Mark Rice, a South Knoxville native with 10 years of experience as a trainer and fitness manager, will design the Ijams Primal Playground to ensure physical elements meet current best practices for the fitness industry while using nonstandard natural materials and methods.

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TVA Retirees Association Funds Benches for Parks

Earlier this month, the TVA Retirees Association (TVARA) announced their continued support of the Legacy Parks Foundation and the City of Knoxville for the purchase and assembly of 30 trail benches for six existing parks in the area. TVARA will contribute $10,000 to Collier Preserve in Powell and an additional $30,000 over the next three years to fund benches in multiple county parks.

Current TVA employees have been invited to partner with TVARA retirees to assemble trail benches funded by TVARA, clear trails, remove invasive undergrowth, and identify native plants in the area at a scheduled work day  at Collier Preserve on November 30th.


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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, September 27 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks from 6:00-9:00pm! This month’s featured outdoor partner is Uncle Lem’s Outfitters!

This monthly event is extra sweet – Balter Beerworks donates 10% of proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to help create more recreational opportunities in our community.

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Local Motion IPA Released

In partnership with Blackhorse Pub and Brewery, we are excited to annouce the release of the delicious Local Motion session IPA, perfect for the last weeks of summer. 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, you can find Local Motion flowing on tap at Blackhorse Brewery, Central Flats and Taps, SoKno Taco, TriHop Brewery, Trailhead Beer Market, Kroger Farragut Growler Station and in cans at Kroger (Fulton, Northshore, Sevierville), Food City (Lenoir City, Strawberry Plains), Ingles (Lenoir City), Total Wine and Spirits, Casual Pint Maryville, McScrooge’s, and Maple Hall.
Enjoy a free tasting at Total Wine & Spirits from 4-6pm on these dates: September 7, September 12, September 19, September 21, September 26, September 29.
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Join Us For An Urban Hikes Book Signing At Union Avenue Books

Join us Wednesday, September 12 from 5:00-6:30 pm for a book signing at Union Avenue Books. Meet and mingle with co-author, Mac Post and take home a signed copy of Urban Hikes. The event will include a raffle prize compliments of Union Avenue.

Following the book signing, take your book down to Casual Pint and receive $1.00 off beer!

Books are $25 and proceeds benefit Legacy Parks Foundation.

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Mountainfilm Festival at the Bijou Theatre

Mountainfilm on Tour visits Knoxville on Friday, September 21 at the Bijou Theatre. Join us for an evening of inspiring and captivating films handpicked from the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.

The event will feature a collection of culturally rich, adventure-packed and enlightening documentary short films that align with Mountainfilm’s mission to use the power of film, art and ideas to inspire audiences to create a better world. A portion of proceeds from the event will be donated to Legacy Parks to support our work to ensure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come.

Get your tickets online here.

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Legacy Parks Benefit at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Stop by Tupelo Honey in Market Square on Friday, August 31 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 To Receive $200,000 RTP Grant For Collier Preserve

Legacy Parks Foundation was awarded a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to fund the development of Collier Preserve in Powell. Collier Preserve is a 12-acre parcel of land that adjoins Beaver Creek, Emory Road and the Powell Library. Once completed, the natural area will create recreational opportunities in the Powell Community and will complement the larger Beaver Creek Watershed project that aims to protect and restore the naturally functioning ecosystem of the creek.

The RTP funds will be used to build natural surface walking trails, an ADA accessible parking and observation area, a kayak rest stop, interpretive signs and other park features to make Collier Preserve a wonderful amenity for north Knox County that will be preserved as a natural park and greenway along Beaver Creek Watershed.

The former homestead of Stella Moore Collier was donated to Legacy Parks by Dr. Bob Collier in December 2016.

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