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Billy Lush paddlers use Legacy Parks dock to launch on TN River

Billy Lush Boards & Brew Reopens!

Did you know you can rent paddle boards, kayaks, bikes, and more right downtown?

Billy Lush Boards & Brew, located in the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center is now open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the spring season!

Legacy Parks created easy access to the Tennessee River right downtown with a dock at Volunteer Landing. Take advantage of this access and experience how fun it is to go for a paddle with the city skyline in the background!

Here’s a quick look at some of their upcoming events where you can join in the fun. Visit the Billy Lush Boards & Brew website for more.

  • Full Moon and Brew Paddle On May 18th, 8:00 PM
  • City Lights Night Paddles begin on May 27th, 8:00 PM
  • Paddle Board 101 Lessons begin on May 20th, 10:00 AM
  • First Creek Clean Sweep and
Legacy Parks Pint Night on May 25th starting at 6:30Friends of Legacy Parks get 15% off rentals and 10% off retail and beer at Billy Lush Boards & Brew. Become a Friend now!
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Workplace Giving for More Parks, Trails, and Open Space!

Your workplace benefits from the outdoors too! Through workplace giving, you can maximize your support for Legacy Parks and our outdoor resources. Some employers host a giving campaign or offer a matching program to encourage employees to help make a difference in our community.

If you’re a University of Tennessee or federal employee, we are a part of the giving campaigns that make automatic contributions from your paycheck. Please consider selecting Legacy Parks as the recipient of your gift to leave your own legacy on East Tennessee’s landscape.

If Legacy Parks is not a part of your employer’s giving campaign or you don’t have an employer match program offered, we would love to set this up! Simply contact Sarah at for more information.

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Save the date for TuckahoeDown!

Seven Islands State Birding Park will host its first TuckahoeDown on October 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is promising fun times for all! This beautiful 416-acre riverfront park in East Knox County will be the perfect destination for anyone seeking family-friendly activities including outdoor recreation, crafts, live music, and nature education.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the programs you’ll have to choose from!

  • Boating at Seven Islands Landing
  • Demonstration on the Quilt Trails
  • Birding for Beginners hike
  • Kids crafting
  • Wildlife photography demonstrations

This is just a taste of what you’ll find at TuckahoeDown! You’ll be sure to notice the charm of the friendly Knoxville creek community of Tuckahoe, the festival’s namesake, woven into the activities, music, food, and more. Come out and savor the beautiful landscapes, flora, and fauna of Seven Islands, and celebrate the gift this natural place is for our community.

You’ll find the park at 2809 Kelly Lane in Kodak, TN. We’ll see you there!

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Legacy Parks volunteers for Comcast Cares Day

Help Legacy Parks improve Baker Creek Preserve on Comcast Cares Day!

This Earth Day, Legacy Parks Foundation will host more than 200 volunteers for Comcast Cares Day to make Baker Creek Preserve an even better place to get out and play! Join us at 8 a.m. on April 22 to get your hands dirty and help out with one of the many projects we’ll complete on the Preserve, including trail work and invasive plant removal. Together, we will work to beautify the landscape and enhance the health of this popular natural space.

Baker Creek Preserve is the newest addition to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, and offers our community eight hiking and biking trails for all levels of experience along with a natural playspace for kids of all ages. Help us enhance this great space to make it an even better place for the whole community to meet and experience the beauty of nature so close to downtown.

Find out more and sign up here!

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Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville


Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville The second annual Weed Wrangle-Knoxville is a citywide effort led by the Knoxville Garden Club to help remove invasive species at several popular outdoor destinations around town. This year, volunteers will gather on March 4 from 9 a.m. to noon at Baker Creek Preserve and four other locations to help wrangle the pesky, non-native plants that hinder the growth of the native plants in these areas. Legacy Parks is excited to continue a partnership with the Knoxville Garden Club into a second year through the coordination of volunteers at Baker Creek Preserve! Just email Sarah at to sign up!

 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 from Invasive Plant Control and the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 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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Legacy Parks partners with Dogwood Arts on Bikes & Blooms

Legacy Parks Supports Dogwood Arts’ Hikes & Bikes & Blooms!

Legacy Parks partnered again this year with Dogwood Arts to coordinate hikes and bike rides for the Hikes & Blooms and Bikes & Blooms outings! Thanks to support from volunteers from the Happy Hikers, Trek South, and Knoxville Botanical Garden, we’re looking forward to lots of great experiences on our trails and bike lanes.

Hikes & Blooms

Legacy Parks partners with Dogwood Arts for Hikes & Blooms


Whether on a greenway through a historic park or on a natural trail through the woods, you will observe historic relics and beautiful wildflowers among the dogwood trees on these moderate, three-to-four-mile hikes. The interpretive hikes will highlight interesting facts, features, and flora from the unique locations. Hikers should wear comfortable clothing and bring any water or snacks you might need. No pre-registration is required.

*Please arrive a few minutes before 9:00am each day so that hikes begin on time.


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Legacy Parks Partners

Your Business can be a Friend of a Friend for Legacy Parks!

We are now accepting new members for our Friend of a Friend discount and Affinity Partnership programs!

Offer a discount of 15% or more to Friends of Legacy Parks, and we will list your organization on our website, in our e-newsletter, and in a mailing. We’ll also provide a digital and print marketing kit to help you promote the partnership along with special opportunities to participate in promotions that encourage business.

Become an Affinity Partner by donating $1,000 or more to Legacy Parks throughout the year and/or needed goods and services of equal value, and we will offer all of the above, plus your logo with a link on our website and a business profile in our e-newsletter.

Contact Sarah at to join in support of our parks and trails!

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Blackhorse Brewery gives to Legacy Parks


Legacy Parks’ 2016 “collaBEERation” with Blackhorse Brewery and Eagle Distributing produced the limited-release Local Motion IPA, which became a favorite choice around Knoxville through the end of the year. A portion of the proceeds from each beer sold was given back to Legacy Parks Foundation to help expand and protect our parks and trails, totaling $2,795!

Thank you to Blackhorse Brewery and Eagle Distributing for such a creative partnership, and to everyone that enjoyed a pint of this delicious citrus session IPA. We can’t wait for the next Legacy Parks brew!

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Legacy Parks supports Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park


Just after the first county-wide Zaevion Dobson Day is recognized, you can join Legacy Parks by honoring the legacy Zaevion left behind. The Knoxville Community Development Center is leading efforts to build the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park, commemorating this local hero’s sacrifice and courage in the face of violence, and needs your help to complete the project.

With plans for a playground zone, a social area, a multipurpose lawn, and more, the estimated cost of the park project is $60,000, which leaves KCDC with roughly $22,000 more to raise. The park will appeal to children under 12 years old, reflecting the 200 children under age 12 living in the Lonsdale Homes community. Legacy Parks Foundation is managing the funds for this effort, so if you would like to contribute to the development of this community park in Zaevion’s memory, please visit our donation page to donate and learn how you will be recognized.

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Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness can now be boasted as the “Best Urban Park” in the eastern U.S. thanks to the Best of the Blue Ridge 2016 Reader’s Choice Awards put on by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness began as an initiative of Legacy Parks in 2008, and since then, we’ve been working collaboratively to connect and expand this 1,000-acre natural space along downtown’s south waterfront.

We’ve added 50 miles of trail for hiking and biking; joined multiple parks, historic sites, and great views; and even added a playground and kid’s bike area. Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness continues to gain recognition on a regional and national scale, and is boosting the local economy through the visitors and residents it draws to the area. We are proud of the way Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness is giving back to the community, and we’re excited to work on more improvements in 2017!

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