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Legacy Parks Benefit at Tupelo Honey Cafe

Stop by Tupelo Honey in Market Square on Friday, February 23 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 hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville


Legacy Parks hosts Weed Wrangle Knoxville The third 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 3 from 9am-12pm 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 third 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 Night at Balter Beerworks featuring Knox Skate Park

Join us Thursday, February 22 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks! Knox Skate Park will bring the fun and you’ll have the chance to try out some urban skateboarding.

This monthly event is a chance to gather with friends and family every 4th Thursday of the month for great beer, food, and fun. What makes it extra sweet is that Balter Beerworks donates proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. It’s an evening you don’t want to miss!

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A Play Forest for Middle Schoolers

Legacy Parks Foundation just opened the new Baker Creek Play Forest, creating the first play space in our region designed specifically to encourage increased physical activity among middle school aged children.

The Play Forest is located in the heart of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness just three miles from downtown, and is connected by trail to the adjacent Baker Creek Preserve and South Doyle Middle School. With large structures for climbing, sliding, swinging and socializing tucked between towering trees, the Play Forest meets the requests of local students who participated in the research used to design the space.

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Legacy Parks creating river access at McBee Ferry

Creating Access to the Holston River

Kicking off its Head of the Tennessee Initiative, Legacy Parks has raised funds and was awarded grants to acquire the McBee Ferry Landing property along the Holston River, which it will turn into a Knox County park within the next year. It creates much needed access to the Holston River within a 22-mile stretch with no other public access point. Located off the Andrew Johnson Highway on Old Strawberry Plains Pike, the park will be ideal for fishing, boat access and picnicking, and offers a stunning view of the unique McBee Bridge.

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Free Legacy Parks Digital Emoji Stickers

Legacy Parks Foundation and Smallball Media, a technology company focused on driving digital engagement in new ways, jointly announced the launch of a digital emoji sticker pack that encourages peer-to-peer sharing via messaging applications. Legacy Parks is one of the first in the U.S. to utilize emoji stickers to drive engagement.

The Legacy Parks emojis depict activities including fly fishing, biking, running, hiking and more, allowing users to share their love of the outdoors with their friends and family while communicating in a visual manner.

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New Urban Wilderness Maps!

Legacy Parks recently released 20,000 brand new Urban Wilderness pocket trail maps which include two new trails and updated information. Inside the map, you’ll find insight into the 50 plus miles of trail, quarries and rivers, and amenities throughout this 1,000-acre forested area that’s just three miles from downtown. Included are descriptions of the different trail areas along with important guidelines for all users.

These maps are a free and plentiful resource thanks to the businesses and organizations who continue to support it through sponsorship. Stop by one of these locations to pick up your new map!

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Legacy Parks helps with Maryville to Townsend Greenway

Working together to connect Knoxville to the Smokies

Legacy Parks helps with Maryville to Townsend GreenwayLegacy Parks is working with a consortium of local and regional government and non-profit agencies to advance the Maryville-to-Townsend Greenway Expansion in Blount County, Tenn. Currently playing a coordination role, Legacy Parks is helping lead the effort to gather community engagement, refine the Greenway route and create a funding strategy.

You can participate in this exciting effort by sharing your greenway photos on social media with #LoveMyGreenway and from Sept. 27 through Nov. 10, you can win prizes by submitting your photos to the sweepstakes website.

The proposed Maryville-to-Townsend Greenway is a two-phase project set to develop over the next few years, and will provide 14 miles of trail connecting Maryville to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This is part of a larger regional effort to link pedestrians and cyclists from Knoxville to the Smokies through a greenway trail.

Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation joined Ellen Zavisca of the Knoxville Regional Transportation Organization at Tourism Day to outline key aspects of the project.

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Collier Preserve

Help Legacy Parks Develop Collier Preserve!

Legacy Parks is working to help raise $50,000 for the first phase of Collier Preserve, an almost 12-acre natural area that will become a place for nature exploration and quiet reflection.

Once transformed, this property will become a county park featuring walking trails, native plants, benches, bird boxes, restored historic structures, and a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek. Help us reach this goal and create another beautiful space for our community to enjoy!

Learn more and donate here!

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Catching Carp for the Parks!

Each year, 3 Rivers Angler organizes the Carp Cup, a tournament highly anticipated by fishermen from throughout the region. These fishermen come out for tons of fun and feet of fish, but at the heart of it is their care for our region’s natural resources. Proceeds from the event go back to Legacy Parks to support our work to increase access to our waterways in East Tennessee.

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