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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. This year’s luncheon is presented by Pilot Flying J and sponsored by Texas Instruments, UCOR, Bob’s Trails, Trees & Gardens, Bryant Research, Gulf & Ohio Railways, Robin Easter Design, SouthEast Bank, The Trust Company, and The University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Reserved tables for 10 and sponsorships are now available by calling Legacy Parks at 865.525.2585 or by reserving your seat online.

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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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Downhill Racetrack Grand Opening

Devil’s Racetrack Opens to Thrills and National Riders

Downhill Racetrack Grand OpeningA nationally rated downhill mountain bike trail opened in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness this month, furthering Knoxville’s growing reputation as a significant mountain bike destination.

Devil’s Racetrack Downhill Trail is a professional designed and constructed 0.8 mile extreme downhill trail funded by a $100,000 Bell Helmet grant awarded to the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) through an online national vote. With more than 26,000 votes cast, Knoxville beat out Asheville and San Francisco to get the trail built in South Knoxville on the Baker Creek Preserve, property donated by the Wood family to Legacy Parks Foundation.

In addition to Devil’s Racetrack, two additional multi-use trails were officially opened — Best Medicine and Pappy’s Way.  Those two trails — plus seven opened earlier this month — were funded by a $200,000 Recreational Trails Program grant from the Tennessee Department of Conservation. Five of the eight trails are for both hiking and biking and include a virtually flat beginner trail. The three dedicated downhill mountain bike trails introduce a different style of trail into the Urban Wilderness trail system.

Legacy Parks and AMBC have worked closely with the International Mountain Bike Association in developing trails and enthusiasm for mountain biking in the region. An IMBA grant to AMBC funded the design of the trail system on Baker Creek Preserve. The Bell Built grant continued the partnership with IMBA.

The opening Devil’s Racetrack brings the total number of trails to eight on Baker Creek Preserve, adding seven miles of trail to the existing 42 miles in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. Earlier this month Legacy Parks and AMBC opened the Red Bud Bridge connecting the Baker Creek Preserve to the existing Urban Wilderness South Loop system. The bridge was funded entirely by private dollars by Legacy Parks Foundation and the AMBC through a grant from REI and private donations.

Over the past year the 100-acre property donated to Legacy Parks Foundation by the Wood family has been transformed into an outdoor recreational destination with nearly seven miles of multi-use and downhill mountain bike trails, a bike pump track plus an adventure playground under construction.

Last month Legacy Parks opened the Cherokee and Baker Creek Trails across the street from Baker Creek Preserve connecting South Doyle Middle School into Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. The trail construction was the legacy project for the Professional TrailBuilders Association when they held their national conference in Knoxville. These trails and boardwalk over Baker Creek create not only a recreational amenity for the students but also provide a safe walkway to the school.

Trail names at Baker Creek Preserve reflect the terrain and history of the property. Devil’s Racetrack and Floyd Fox pay homage to the days of moonshine in south Knoxville. The Barn Burner Downhill trail terminates at the location of the old barn on the property. Sycamore Loop winds through some of the largest native trees in the area. Cruze Valley Run descends into the valley located in the heart of the property in the wide-open meadow between the two ridges. Pappy’s Way treks up to Pappy’s Point and pays thanks to the property donor.

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Grant Continues REI’s Investment in Kids and Trails

Baker-Creek-Preserve-Layout-600A Kid’s Pump Track and Loop Trail will be the next addition to Baker Creek Preserve thanks to grants to Legacy Parks Foundation and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club (AMBC) from national co-op REI. This continues a three-year partnership with REI and the two organizations to expand recreational opportunities and create greater access in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.

These new features will provide a place for kids to learn to mountain bike and venture into the woods. This will be the only kids-only trail and track in the area. The Baker Creek location offers eight additional trails and connects into the forty-plus miles within the Urban Wilderness South Loop — allowing kids to progress up to more challenging trails as they improve and choose.

The Kids Pump Track and Loop Trail will be located at the entrance of Baker Creek Preserve adjacent to an adventure playground opening next month. The adventure play area is made possible by grants from the Siddiqi Foundation and  donated design, materials and labor from Earthadelic and Merit Construction, plus exceptional assistance from the City of Knoxville.

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Avenza Mobile PDF Maps

Get Mobile in the Urban Wilderness

Avenza Mobile PDF MapsThe mobile app for the Urban Wilderness 50-mile trail system allows you to pinpoint your exact location on the trails; measure distances by “drawing” a line on the map; record tracks and report how far you have traveled; and give you an approximate estimate on the elevation you have gained or lost. Click here for instructions on adding The Urban Wilderness trail map onto your mobile device. Once the free app is downloaded, these simple step-by-step instructions will guide you through setup. After the map is downloaded to your mobile device, read the “Getting Started” section to learn about the various features available. This is a great resource for all who set out to explore Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness! Mobile Map App includes the new trails at Baker Creek Preserve!

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Knoxville Urban Wilderness Map

New Urban Wilderness Maps Available at Local Sponsors

Knoxville Urban Wilderness MapHot off the press! The 17″ x 14″ folded pocket-sized Urban Wilderness maps that include the new Baker Creek Preserve trail system along with other trail updates in the Urban Wilderness, are now available both online and at our local sponsors.

Maps are available at the following sponsor locations: Mast General Store; Three Rivers Market; Bike Zoo; Cedar Bluff Cycles; Cycology Bicycles; Ijams Nature Center; Knox Whiskey Works; Navitat at Ijams Nature Center; Knoxville Track Club at Runner’s Market; Little River Trading Company; REI; Onsight Rock Gym; Tennessee Valley Bicycles; Visit Knoxville; and the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center. Other map sponsors include Vick Dyer with Caldwell Banker, Wallace & Wallace Realtors; Appalachian Mountain Bike Club; First Neighborhoods Realty; and the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club.

Online printable letter-sized maps for the South Loop in addition to the individual trail systems are available on both the Legacy Parks and Outdoor Knoxville websites.

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