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Legacy Parks Teams With Governor’s Foundation On Health and Fitness

Legacy Parks joins an alliance of major employers and the broad business community, healthcare and insurance providers, faith communities, city and county mayors, school systems, and other key stakeholders across the state, in an on-going effort to encourage and enable more Tennesseans to live healthier lives. As a coalition partner, Legacy Parks works to assist the Foundation in promoting three main lifestyle changes for Tennessee residents — being physically active for 30 minutes a day five days a week, eating healthier, and not using tobacco. A complete toolkit is available at

The Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness is a non-profit corporation established in 2013 by Governor Bill Haslam. Its mission is to encourage and enable Tennesseans to be more physically active, eat more nutritious food in the right portions, and abstain from tobacco. And, because most of us are more likely to change our behavior and establish new habits when we are with other people, the Foundation is focusing its alliances, programs and tools on workplaces, schools, and places of worship. Through its website,, it is offering Small Starts @ Home, Small Starts @ Work, and the soon-to-be-available Small Starts @ Worship – simple, easy-to-use, and free health tips, tools, and challenges. These small starts can lead to big changes and positive outcomes.

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Urban Wilderness Map Goes Mobile

Instructions are available online at Outdoor Knoxville for adding the Urban Wilderness South Loop 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. Some of the features include: pinpoints your exact location on the trails; allows you to measure distances by “drawing” a line on the map; records tracks and reports how far you have traveled; and estimates an approximation on the elevation you have gained or lost. This is a great resource for all who set out to explore Knoxville’s 42-mile trail system!

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Trail Volunteer

Partnership Formed For Trail Volunteer Program

The Trail Volunteer Program is a partnership between Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the Town of Farragut, Ijams Nature Center and Legacy Parks Foundation. The program offers local trail and greenway users the opportunity to make our community’s park system a friendlier, cleaner, more inviting place to bike, run and play. Adults of any age and ability are welcome to take part. Volunteers are asked to commit a few hours each month to visit their specific trail or greenway. Even a small contribution of time will be helpful, and the experience will be rewarding and fun.

The basic responsibilities of a trail volunteer member are:
GREET all trail users and act as goodwill ambassadors for our community.
INFORM users about the park and trail system, trail directions, etiquette and rules.
ASSIST users who are lost, need bike repair, first aid (when trained) and assist local governments or land managers concerning maintenance and illegal activity. Those interested in joining the program can apply online.

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Satellite Station

Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center Satellite For Visit Knoxville

The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center at Volunteer Landing along Knoxville’s downtown waterfront is a hub for outdoor recreation activities and information. Recently, Legacy Parks has partnered with Visit Knoxville making the Adventure Center a satellite visit center. Now visitors can pickup general information about Knoxville in addition to the extensive materials on outdoor activities and the Knoxville Urban Wilderness. The Adventure Center offers stand-up paddleboard and canoe rentals, maps, information, programs and events for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. It is centrally located along the Tennessee River and downtown greenway and easily accessible from Neyland Drive, downtown Knoxville and I-40.

Event producers are welcomed to bring rack cards and posters to the Adventure Center for display. To further help you promote your outdoor activities, submit your event online to the Outdoor Knoxville calendar using the Submit an Event form.

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Greenways 5K Race

Greenways 5K Benefits Legacy Parks

The 23rd annual Greenways 5K and 2-mile Walk/Dog Jog on April 12, 2014, traverses along the most scenic portion of the Third Creek Greenway, and ends with a celebration of live music, plenty of food, and living plant awards to the overall and age group winners. The race starts at 9am at West High School and runs a course that is essentially flat with two very short hills. Proceeds of the race benefit the Knox Greenways Coalition and Legacy Parks. Sponsorships of the race are needed and offer great benefits – as well as benefitting Legacy Parks. Sponsorship information is available online or by calling Legacy Parks Foundation at 525-2585. For more information and to register for the race visit Outdoor Knoxville.

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Get Out And Play

Get Out And Play at Outdoor KnoxFest

Legacy Parks Foundation will host a weekend of urban adventure at the 2014 Outdoor KnoxFest presented by Pilot Flying J, with events for everyone from the novice nature-lover to the outdoor expert. The two-day signature event of the Dogwood Arts Festival is scheduled for April 26-27 and will feature trail rides, runs, hikes, paddles, climbing and more for anyone looking to Get Out & Play in Knoxville!

New this year is the Mini Adventure Challenge taking place on Saturday. The Mini Adventure Challenge encourages kids and new adventurers of all ages to test their skills, discover new outdoor activities and be rewarded for accepting the challenge! Pick up your Challenge Card when you check in and let it guide you through the dozens of activities offered at Outdoor KnoxFest. Try your hand at 6 of the day’s activities and get a free water bottle. Try 10 and be enterend in a drawing for great prizes. Challenge Cards will be available Saturday at registration tables at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center and the Outdoor KnoxFest booth on Market Square. All activities are free.

The weekend schedule includes:
• Pickel Road Rides led by the Smoky Mountain Wheelmen Bike Club – options for 20, 40 and 60-mile rides
• Sailing Demo & Clinics presented by Concord Yacht Club
• Bicycle Maintenance Clinic sponsored by Tennessee Valley Bikes
• Divas Trail Ride led by River Sports Outfitters and Tennessee Valley Bikes
• Fly Fishing Demo & Clinics taught by 3 Rivers Angler
• Hiking 101 Clinic taught by Blue Ridge Mountain Sports
• Urban Wilderness “Walk in the Woods” with Ijams Nature Center
• Wildflower Hike at Forks of the River with Karen Fletcher and local wildflower experts
• Boulder Scramble at Ross Marble Quarry with Ijams Nature Center
• Guided History Hike with TREK South and Dr. Joan Markel with the McClung Museum of Natural History
• “First Time on the Trail” mountain bike ride with Appalachian Mountain Bike Club and Tennessee Valley Bikes
• Greenway Bike Ride with Knoxville Bicycle Hospital
• Bikes & Blooms Scenic Bike Rides presented by Dogwood Arts Festival and Tennessee Valley Bikes
• Group & Open Paddles with Billy Lush Paddle Sports, River Sports Outfitters, City of Knoxville Aquatics and the UT Outdoor Program
• Urban Wilderness Trail Run led by the Knoxville Track Club
• Mountain Bike Checkpoint Race hosted by the TN Valley Bikes and the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club
• Disc Golf Clinic & Demo hosted by the Innovation Valley Disc Golf Club
• Climbing Wall and Slacklines provided by River Sports Outfitters
• And a host of kid-friendly games and activities!

For more details and to register for events, visit
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Dog Park

Wood Family Donates Land For A Police Dog Facility

A donation of four acres of land by the Pat Wood family to Legacy Parks Foundation will allow for a new downtown dog park and a new home for the Knoxville Police Department’s canine unit. The new dog park/canine facility will be located across from the Public Safety Building on Howard Baker Jr. Avenue. Legacy Parks will help coordinate the project. The gift is the second donation of land by the Wood family to Legacy Parks for the creation of new parks within the city. In October 2013 they donated 100 acres off Sevierville Pike to expand Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness with additional multi-use trails, including introductory bike trails.

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Retailer REI Selects Legacy Parks Foundation As Their Knoxville Partner

National retailer REI has selected Legacy Parks Foundation as their non-profit partner serving Knoxville and East Tennessee. REI will support and promote the work of Legacy Parks to their members, customers and employees throughout the year. REI kicked off the partnership with a $10,000 grant to Legacy Parks to help fund the Foundation’s stewardship of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness and local waterways. Watch for more opportunities to support Legacy Parks through REI as they work toward the opening of their new store off Papermill Drive this fall.

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Pilot Flying J

Legacy Parks Launches New Wellness Partnership With Pilot/Flying J

Legacy Parks Foundation and Pilot/Flying J will launch an innovative Get Out and Play partnership this month that will offer Pilot/Flying J employee year-round opportunities to get outdoors and get healthy. The Get Out and Play Health Partnership will provide Pilot employees with a menu of activities and learning experiences that will help prepare and guide new outdoor adventurers as well as those looking to take their adventure to the next level.

Legacy Parks’ staff – plus local adventurers and experts – will coordinate and lead all of the activities, which will include guided hikes, paddle board and kayak outings, and participation in outdoor events such as Outdoor KnoxFest, Tour de Lights and the REV 3 Triathlon.

Additionally, Legacy Parks will bring outdoor retailers and organizations to the Pilot/Flying J campus twice a year to give employees the chance to learn about outdoor gear, test outdoor produces and talk with leading outdoor adventurers. Participants in the January Demo Day are:
• The Bike Zoo
• 3 Rivers Angler
• River Sports Outfitters
• Bearden Bike & Trail
• Billy Lush Paddle Sports
• Tennessee Valley Bikes
• Knoxville Track Club
• Legacy Parks Foundation

Additionally, there will be a 30-minute “Get Out and Play” talk by some of Knoxville’s top outdoor enthusiasts, including:
• Kenny Reed of Billy Lush Paddle Sports
• Laura Jones of River Sports Outfitters
• Jim Richards of Mast General Store
• Missy Kane, Get on the Trails leader

Pilot employees participating in the initiative will receive a “Get Out and Play” shirt, water bottle and will be eligible for retailer and event discounts. Upcoming monthly events include day hikes, paddle boarding on the Tennessee River, kayaking and a triathlon.

Contact Legacy Parks Foundation at 865.525.2585 or if your business is interested in launching at Get Out and Play health initiative at your workplace.

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Knox Heritage Award

Knox Heritage Recognizes The Work Of Legacy Parks

Legacy Parks Foundation received Knox Heritage’s 2013 Knox County Mayor Award for their work in developing the Urban Wilderness and Historic Corridor. The Preservation Awards from Knox Heritage recognizes people and organizations for their contributions to the preservation of historically significant structures. Three other groups shared the Knox County Mayor Award with Legacy Parks Foundation — the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, the Wood Family, and the Aslan Foundation.

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