Allen Dick, former local businessman and member of the Dick Broadcasting family, has donated 42-acres of forested land to the non-profit, property that has the potential to expand a city park and provide a recreational connection to residents on the north side of Sharp’s Ridge.
According to Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Foundation’s Executive Director, the 42 acres is adjacent to Sharp’s Ridge Veterans Memorial Park in north Knoxville and is nestled between the Lincoln Park and Fountain City neighborhoods off North Broadway.
“As one who enjoys the outdoors, our family is excited to add this property into the recreational master plan of Legacy Parks,” said Dick. “It brings us joy knowing that all Knoxvillians will have access to this open space in perpetuity.”
Evans explains that Sharp’s Ridge Veterans Memorial Park has enjoyed a transformation into a hiking and biking destination over the past five years as Knoxville has expanded the network of trails on the property.
“The donation of the Dick property to Legacy Parks is reminiscent of the 100 acres of forested land given to Legacy Parks by the Wood family in 2013, property that became Baker Creek Preserve, a destination park for outdoor adventure,” said Evans.
“The donation of forested, undeveloped property in the heart of so many neighborhoods is an incredible gift to the community,” continued Evans. “It truly allows us to imagine all the possibilities and needs for the property in that area of our city.”
Evans says that at Baker Creek Preserve, Legacy Parks has been able to create a park for all ages and types of users with trails, adventure play areas and beautiful woods to wander through.
“We totally envision the same for the Sharp’s Ridge property and are grateful for the generous donation from the Dick family, said Evans.”