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Rick Ridgeway to speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

The “Real Indiana Jones” at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Rick Ridgeway to speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

This year’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks will feature a man know for pushing the limits of American adventure and expanding an international outdoor apparel company. An adventurer since his teens, Ridgeway has witnessed decades of change in the wilderness and racked up many diverse accomplishments from summiting the world’s second-highest mountain without supplemental oxygen to producing an Emmy award-winning film.

Ridgeway’s resume of expeditions and initiatives have some tough critics impressed, with The Rolling Stone recognizing him as “the real Indiana Jones,” and National Geographic honoring him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award. Encounters with avalanches, rock fall, and countless precarious situations presented by nature inform his innovative leadership strategies at Patagonia.

As the vice president for environmental affairs, Ridgeway works to progress Patagonia as a leader in stewardship of the world’s natural resources. He oversees initiatives that develop standardized tools to measure sustainability in the apparel industry, protect wildlife corridors, and partner with customers to take responsibility for the full life cycle of their products.

Beyond these impressive accomplishments and activities, Ridgeway owned an outdoor photo and film agency and was a consultant for Kelty Pack Company for more than 20 years. Ridgeway has also produced six books, dozens of magazine articles, and more than 30 adventure shows.

Ridgeway will join in celebrating a year of accomplishments for Legacy Parks Foundation at its annual outdoor luncheon along the banks of the Tennessee River on UT’s Cherokee Farm, Oct. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Individual seats are now available for reservation and selling out fast. Reserve your seat online or by calling 865-525-2585.

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Legacy Parks Local Motion IPA

Local Motion IPA Kicked Off with a Citrusy Splash

Legacy Parks Local Motion IPALegacy Parks’ newest “collaBEERation” with Blackhorse Brewery produced a delicious citrus session IPA, perfect for the last weeks of summer. This Local Motion IPA is flowing on tap and in cans around Knoxville until mid-October, and 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, we kicked off the Local Motion IPA at Bearden Beer Market’s weekly fun run and had a great response!

Help keep Knoxville’s legacy on track every time you have a pint. Buy a round for your friends and take home a six-pack to show your support for Legacy Parks!

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Support Legacy Parks

3 Easy Ways to Give Back to Legacy Parks Foundation

In three quick stops around town, you’ll have done a good deed for our parks and trails without even breaking a sweat.

Stop by Balter Beerworks. If you’re looking for variety in your beer, but still want to support Legacy Parks, look no further than Balter Beerworks’ Legacy Parks Beer of the Month. Until the end of September, they’re serving up their crisp and refreshing
pilsner, the 4th and Pils.

Grab lunch at Central Flats and Taps. Make your lunch work for you (well, your parks)! Central Flats and Taps has Urban Wilderness options on its menu including the super popular Chicken Piccata Flat and its Veggie Burger Panini. Choose these items to give back to our trails.

Take a stroll to Mast General Store. Mast just put up its community window for September featuring Legacy Parks Foundation and also gives a discount for Friends of Legacy Parks. Become a Friend and include Mast in your walk downtown.

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Knoxville 2016 Top Adventure Town

Last Round: Vote Knoxville for 2016 Top Adventure Town!

Knoxville 2016 Top Adventure TownThanks to voters like you who know about our amazing outdoor adventure opportunities, Knoxville made it through three rounds in the Blue Ridge Outdoors 2016 Top Adventure Towns contest.

Now we’re up against Roanoke, Va. in the final round, and we need your help to be named the Top Adventure Town in the “Large Town” category. Vote once every 24 hours on multiple devices until September 19th!

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Rick Ridgeway featured at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Renowned Climber Talks Mountains and Business at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

Rick RidgewaySummiting the second highest mountain in the world and building an international outdoor apparel company both require managing risk and Rick Ridgeway, this year’s Legacy Luncheon for the Parks speaker, knows about both.

Ridgeway, vice president of environmental affairs for outdoor apparel leader Patagonia, is often recognized for his accomplishment of making the first American ascent of K2, known as the Savage Mountain due to the extreme difficulty of ascent. He is an avid adventurer and part of the original Seven Summits expeditions to climb the highest mountain on each of Earth’s seven continents. National Geographic recently honored him with its “Lifetime Achievement in Adventure” award.

Ridgeway will join in celebrating a year of accomplishments for Legacy Parks Foundation at their annual outdoor luncheon along the banks of the Tennessee River on UT’s Cherokee Farm October 7th at 11:30 a.m. More than 1,000 civic and business leaders attended the sold-out Legacy Luncheon for the Parks last year.

The generous Luncheon sponsors and attendees help Legacy Parks continue to expand and protect our parks, trails and river access. Reserved tables for 10, sponsorships, and individual seats are now available by calling Legacy Parks at 865.525.2585 or by reserving your seat online.

This year’s luncheon is presented by lead sponsor, Pilot Flying J, and sponsored by the following:

Platinum Sponsors:
Texas Instruments
UCOR

Gold Sponsors:
Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens
Bryant Research
Gulf & Ohio Railways
Robin Easter Design
SouthEast Bank
The Trust Company
University of Tennessee Medical Center

Table Sponsors:
21st Mortgage
AC Entertainment
Ackermann PR
Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
Aslan Foundation
Avison Young
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC
Balter Beerworks
BarberMcMurry Archiects
Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon Inc.
Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens
Bryant Research
Cannon & Cannon
Catherine Gilreath
Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Conversion Properties
Covenant Health
Dewhirst Construction
Dover Development Corp.
Eagle Distributing Company
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
East Tennessee Foundation
FSG Bank
Gulf and Ohio Railways
Haslam College of Business
Hexagon Brewing Company
Hines and Company PC
Home Federal Bank
Humana
Integ, LLC
Janet and Bill Mason
Jerry Becker
John Z.C. Thomas
Johnson & Galyon Construction
Kimberly and Thomas Ford
Knox County Commission
Knoxville Chamber
Knoxville City Council
Knoxville Garden Club
Kroger
London & Amburn PC
Long, Ragsdale & Waters PC
Martin & Company, Inc.
Mary Beth West Communications
McCarty, Holsaple, McCarty, Inc.
Meridian Trust & Investment Company
Merit Construction
Missy Kane’s Fit and Fun
MOSAIC Private Sanctuary
ORNL Federal Credit Union
Partners Development
Pellissippi State Community College
PetSafe
Pilot Flying J
Pinnacle Bank
Preservation Pub
Raymond James
Realty Trust Group
Regal Entertainment
Robin Easter Design
S&ME Inc.
Sanders Pace Architecture
Scripps Networks
Siddiqi Charitable Foundation
SmartBank
SouthEast Bank
SRW & Associates
Stowers
Texas Instruments
The Trust Company
Tom and Anna Ford
Tom and Melissa McAdams
Tommy Schumpert
UCOR
University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
University of Tennessee Medical Center
UT Federal Credit Union
Visit Knoxville
WBIR
Willis
Wood Realtors

 

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Friend of Legacy Parks

Legacy Parks’ Partners are Getting Creative!

Friend of Legacy ParksEvery organization that supports Legacy Parks Foundation gives back to the community in a unique way. They do what they can with what they have, and help us protect and expand our regional recreation opportunities in a big way. Together, we’re creating a healthier, more beautiful place to live, work, and play.

-Each month Balter Beerworks is selecting a Legacy Parks Beer of the Month with proceeds going to Legacy Parks Foundation. From now until the end of September, Balter’s 4th and Pils, its crisp, refreshing Pilsner, is back to keep you cool. Stop by Balter and have a round with friends to show your support for our parks.

-UT Credit Union is offering Friends of Legacy Parks a discount on loans for outdoor recreational vehicles such as boats, campers, motorcycles, and motorized bikes among other incentives. Check them out at www.utfcu.org and become a Friend today.

-Central Flats and Taps on Central Street features a delicious Urban Wilderness flat bread pizza and panini on the menu, with proceeds going to Legacy Parks.

-Earthadelic and Realty Trust Group are donating their time and expertise to help transform a gravel parking lot into a captivating natural playground at the Baker Creek Preserve. Watch for a grand opening soon!

-Blackhorse Brewing Company is produceing its new Local Motion IPA in collaboration with Eagle Distributing and WBIR to benefit Legacy Parks. It will only be available Sept. 1st through Oct. 8th, so keep an eye out!

-The Half Barrel on Cumberland Avenue is hosting its annual Half Barrel Pep Rally on Aug. 31st, the day before UT’s first football game! They’ve selected Legacy Parks as the recipient of a portion of this year’s proceeds.

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Mountain biker on Devil's Racetrack in Knoxville's Urban Wilderness

Knoxville’s Devil’s Racetrack Featured in National magazine

Mountain biker on Devil's Racetrack in Knoxville's Urban WildernessDirt Rag Magazine, a top circulated mountain biking publication recently published a great feature on the “secret sauce” of Knoxville’s outdoor recreation community, our growing mountain biking opportunities, and how Legacy Parks works collaboratively to make great things happen. Read about what we’ve got that makes our live, work, play attitude thrive in Knoxville.

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Knoxville nominated as 2016 Top Adventure Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine

Vote Knoxville for Top Adventure Town!

Knoxville nominated as 2016 Top Adventure Town by Blue Ridge Outdoors MagazineKnoxville is a nominee for Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s 2016 Top Adventure Town! With so many growing outdoor recreation opportunities, it’s easy to vote for Knoxville.

During round one, which ends on August 22nd, Knoxville is competing with Greensboro, N.C. Help us stay in the lead by voting once every 24 hours on multiple devices.

Round two starts August 23rd and runs through September 19th, so stay tuned for updates, and keep voting!

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West Perimeter trail in Urban Wilderness

Trail User Shows Gratitude for New West Perimeter Trail

West Perimeter trail in Urban WildernessWest Perimeter Trail, a new multi-use trail, opened in the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area this week. This 2.4-mile moderate-difficulty trail offers an alternate connection for hikers and bikers along the west edge of the property that was most recently recognized by thousands of visitors for its blooming fields of sunflowers.

The trail winds from the Whaley trailhead on Burnett Creek Road to the Will Skelton Greenway, near the McClure Lane parking lot. Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) owns and manages the land at Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area and maintains a partnership with Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club to build and maintain multi-use trails at Forks of the River within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

When visiting Forks of the River WMA, recreationalists should be aware that it is an active hunting and habitat-protection area with special conditions. All trails in the area used for bicycling require a High Impact Conservation Permit, except the Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail (formerly known as Auggie’s Run and Bluff Trail).

The trails are also governed by specific times of use. The Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail are open year round. All other trails are closed to non-hunters from September 6, 2016 through February 29, 2017 except Saturdays and Sundays when the area is closed to non-hunters until noon. During Spring Turkey season, April 2nd through May 15th, the trails (excluding the Will Skelton Greenway and Whaley Trail) are closed to non-hunters until noon.

More information about the Forks of the River WMA trails can be found here. And for a complete list of regulations regarding Forks of the River and more information about purchasing a High Impact Conservation Permit, visit www.tn.gov/twra/

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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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