Bob’s Trails installs bridge at Angora Frog Farm

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

Bob’s Trails, Trees and Gardens, based in Powell, is installing a 20-foot-long bridge across a small stream in Angora Frog Farm off Beaver Creek Drive. This is the 12-acre site donated by Arvin and Sabra Brown that is being developed by Legacy Parks.

We are thrilled that Bob Richards could work with us on this project because of his vast experience and the quality of his work. Bob earned a degree in forestry from the University of Tennessee and joined the state of Tennessee. He retired after 31 years and started his own company.

Bob Richards at Mary Vestal Park in South Knoxville

While with the state, Bob built 100+ miles of hiking trails, 12 backcountry campsites, three major trailhead areas and was part of a team that acquired over 6,600 acres of land.

More recently, Bob’s Trails built an 8/10th-mile trail at Aspire Park in Clinton and handled a trail design/route marking project on a 100-acre property in Sevier County.

The stream in the frog farm feeds into Beaver Creek. It’s a kid-sized stream for a kid-sized park. We are installing a 20-foot-long by 5-foot-wide wood bridge with ramps made of 6-inch x 6-inch timbers and gravel built on both ends of the bridge. The actual span is 12 feet.

If you see Bob in the park, say thanks!

Meanwhile, here are five interesting events to get us outdoors this summer:

Monday, August 21

Trailside Bike Repair Workshop: 6 p.m., REI Knoxville. Cost $40/members; $60/non-member. Info: REI Knoxville at 865-584-1938. Join an REI bike mechanic for this hands-on workshop addressing the most common trailside issues. Bring your own bike or practice with one of ours. Register here.

Flying Pints Fun Run: 6:30 p.m., Alliance Brewing Company. Free. 865 Running. Social pace 3’ish mile run in South Knoxville, come back for $1 off on beers. All levels are welcome.

Wednesday, August 23

TVB EZ Rider: 6 p.m., Meads Quarry. Free. Info: Tennessee Valley Bicycles at 865-540-9979. Beginner mountain bike ride to increase comfort and introduce Knoxville’s local trail systems. NO-drop group ride. Ride distance varies between 3-10 miles depending on group skill level. Details here.

Friday, August 25

Downtown Fun Run: 6:30 p.m., Pour Taproom. Free. Info: 865 Running. Join us every Friday for a 3-mile social run through downtown, World’s Fair Park and the river walk. Afterwards drinks with 10% off. All levels.

Saturday, August 26

Indian Boundary Hike and Swim: 8 a.m. Must pre-register with Jerry Thornton at for meeting time and location. Free. Info: Harvey Broom Sierra Club. An easy 3.6-mile hike, followed by a picnic and swimming at Indian Boundary Lake in the Cherokee National Forest. Details online.

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Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation. Find dozens of outdoors events at

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