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Aubrey’s Restaurants and Eagle Distributing Launch Hoppy Trails Program

Aubrey’s Restaurants and Eagle Distributing donated $10,000 to Legacy Parks Foundation and launched the “Hoppy Trails” program at seven of the Aubrey’s independent restaurants including Barley’s, The Crown & Goose, Fieldhouse Social, Stefanos Pizza, and Sunspot.

Hoppy Trails is a “Buy a Beer, Build a Trail” program in which participating restaurants donate $10.00 to Legacy Parks from each Hoppy Trails designated keg of beer purchased for the sole purpose of adding one-mile of trail within the Knoxville community.

This first $10,000 donation will be used towards the first “water trail” in Powell and will fund the cleanup, continued maintenance, and funding for additional non-motorized, public access put-ins along Beaver Creek.

“Aubrey’s is very proud to support Legacy Parks Foundation,” said Randy Burleson, owner of the Aubrey’s Restaurants. “Carol and her team have done an amazing job breathing new life into neighborhoods with trail projects like these. The Powell community has been very good to us over the years, and we’re very proud to be associated with the work Legacy Parks is doing here.”

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Pete McBride to Speak at Legacy Luncheon for the Parks

We are excited to announce that National Geographic Explorer, Pete McBride, will be our featured speaker at the Legacy Luncheon for the Parks on October 19 at the beautiful Holston River Farm at the Head of the Tennessee River. The annual luncheon funds the work of Legacy Parks Foundation to conserve green space, create public places, and connect our community. It is the Foundation’s only major fundraising event of the year.

Pete McBride is an award-winning photographer, writer and visual storyteller whose love of adventure, cultures and the outdoors have taken him on assignment to over 75 countries for the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Esquire, Microsoft, The Nature Conservancy – documenting remote expeditions from Everest to Antarctica. Over the last year, McBride hiked the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park—over 700 miles without a trail – earning him the honor of National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year.”

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 reserving your table online.

 

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, August 23 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks from 6:00-9:00pm! This month’s featured outdoor partner is REI! Ride your bike to the event, and you’ll get a free tune-up and bike advice from an REI specialist.

Stick around for our Outdoor Knoxville Insider podcast recording from 8:00-9:00pm with host John Becker!

This monthly event is extra sweet – Balter Beerworks donates 10% of proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. Come by and eat and drink up – it’s for a good cause!

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, July 26 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks from 6:00-9:00pm! This month’s featured outdoor partner is Tennessee Valley Bikes.

Stick around for our Outdoor Knoxville Insider podcast recording from 8:00-9:00pm with host John Becker!

This monthly event is extra sweet – Balter Beerworks donates 10% of proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. Come by and eat and drink up – it’s for a good cause!

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Urban Hiking Guide 2nd Edition Released

The 2nd edition of Urban Hikes in Knoxville and Knox County, Tennessee, a guidebook by Ron Shrieves, Mac Post, and Christine Hamilton, is now available to purchase at REI, Three Rivers Market, Mast General Store, Runners Market, Union Avenue Books, Visit Knoxville, Ijams Nature Center, and through the Legacy Parks online shop.

The book summarizes over 30 local urban hikes with descriptions of the venue, featured amenities, color photographs, maps, topography and features including architecture, historical sights, and potential for bird and flower sightings.

The book retails for $25 and all proceeds benefit Legacy Parks Foundation.

 

 

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French Broad River Map

TVA released a new water trail guide of the French Broad River, a back-pocket info guide about one of the Tennessee Valley’s best places to paddle.

These maps include information about access points, surrounding public land, wildlife management areas, state and county parks, and other locations for fun!

You can find this great information online, or pick up your own copy at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center or one of the sponsoring businesses’ locations.

 

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Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks

Join us Thursday, June 28 for our Legacy Parks Night at Balter Beerworks from 6:00-9:00pm! This month’s featured outdoor partner is Navitat Canopy Adventures. This is your chance to test out your rope skills and be entered to win a free pass to Navitat!

Stick around for our Outdoor Knoxville Insider podcast recording from 8:00-9:00pm with host John Becker!

This monthly event is extra sweet – Balter Beerworks donates 10% of proceeds from the night to Legacy Parks to support our East Tennessee parks, trails, and waterways. Come by and eat and drink up – it’s for a good cause!

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Legacy Parks Open House

Join us for an evening of fun on the water at the Legacy Parks Open House at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm. It’s our way of thanking our Friends for their support, an opportunity to learn more about Legacy Parks, and of course – get out and play on the water!

You’ll be able to demo a canoe, kayak or paddleboard on the Tennessee River courtesy of the folks from Billy Lush Boards. If paddling isn’t your thing, hang out inside and enjoy great brews compliments of Blackhorse Pub and Brewery.

Friends of Legacy Parks will receive a special edition t-shirt for attending! 

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REI Awards Legacy Parks Grant for Urban Wilderness

For the fifth consecutive year, REI is showing its support for Legacy Parks Foundation and Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness through a $10,000 grant to build a trail  from Dogwood Elementary School to Stanley-Lippencott Park.  The REI Dogwood Elementary Trail Project will increase access to the park and connect neighborhoods and an elementary school within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness.  The trail will not only provide the community a safe route to school but will promote physical activity and foster community interaction; and provide both environmental and mental health benefits. The long-term vision is that this section of trail will become a link connecting existing trails in the Urban Wilderness to Stanley-Lippencott Park, into Fort Dickerson, and connect to the planned Battlefield Loop, creating an even greater connection to wilderness and history. These continued connections and increased access points will benefit recreational users of all types and experience levels.

REI began contributing to the trails of Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness in 2014, and has given significant support since, including funding for a bridge, a kid’s trail, a junior pump track, and water stations throughout the Urban Wilderness.

This project is a collaboration of several active community partners including the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, City of Knoxville, Knox County, Great Schools Partnership, CAC Americorp, Knox County Health Department, Lindbergh Forest Community, Sierra Club, Ijams Nature Center and private landowners.

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