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Hoppy Hour at Sunspot Benefitting Legacy Parks

Join us for Hoppy Hour at Sunspot on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:00pm. This monthly pint night will feature Hoppy Trails beers on tap, a free taco bar, great company – and proceeds from Hoppy Trails beers support Legacy Parks!
Hoppy Hour is part of the Hoppy Trails promotion – a “Buy a Beer, Build a Trail” program in which participating restaurants donate $10.00 to Legacy Parks from each designated keg for the sole purpose of adding one-mile of trail within the Knoxville community.

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Hoppy Hour at Sunspot Benefitting Legacy Parks

Join us for the first Hoppy Hour at Sunspot on Tuesday, February 26 at 5:00pm. This monthly pint night will feature Hoppy Trails beers, a free taco bar, great company – and proceeds from Hoppy Trails beers support Legacy Parks!
Hoppy Hour is part of the Hoppy Trails promotion – a “Buy a Beer, Build a Trail” program in which participating restaurants donate $10.00 to Legacy Parks from each designated keg for the sole purpose of adding one-mile of trail within the Knoxville community. 

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Banff Mountain Film Festival Benefits Legacy Parks

The Bijou Theatre presents the two day Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour March 25-26 at 7 pm. The international film tour presents the very best mountain films highlighting travels to exotic landscapes and remote cultures, and bringing audiences up-close and personal with adrenaline-packed action sports.

The two-hour event presents a collection of award winning and audience favorites from the Banff Mountain Film Festival. These are the inspiring action, environmental, and adventure films from the most recent festival.

A portion of proceeds from this event support Legacy Parks.  Tickets are available online.

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Join us for Weed Wrangle at Collier Preserve

The fourth annual Weed Wrangle-Knoxville is a citywide effort to help remove invasive species at several popular outdoor destinations around town. This year, volunteers will gather on March 2 from 9am-12pm at Collier Preserve and five other locations to help wrangle the pesky, non-native plants that hinder the growth of the native plants in these areas. Register here!

 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, 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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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

Love these beautiful places? Click here to become a Friend of Legacy Parks and help create more open spaces and recreational destinations like these!

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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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