There is exciting support from the Powell community for our Angora Frog Farm park, under construction on land donated to Legacy Parks by Arvin and Sabra Brown. It lies behind the Brown home on Brickyard Road, extends to The Crown College and has frontage on the new Powell Drive and on Beaver Creek Road.
The land is wooded with amazing trees. If it ever was farmed, it’s been a long time ago. The trail is already in, but fund raising continues for the play structures.
Meanwhile, here are five outdoor events from the dozens listed in our Outdoor Knoxville calendar. These look like fun:
Saturday, July 15
Park Paddle Tour: 8:30 a.m., Fort Loudoun State Historic Park. Cost $20 or $30 with rental. Info: Fort Loudoun State Historic Park at 423-420-2331. Join Ranger Gamble for a guided paddle tour of the three parts of Fort Loudoun State Park and hear about this earlier time of Cherokee and dugout canoes, stories of the old “Little T,” and how the Fort, Tellico Blockhouse and McGhee Plantation were all influenced by the river. Register online.
Sunday, July 16
Bird Banding: 8 a.m., Seven Islands State Park. Cost $12. Info: Seven Islands State Birding Park at 715-630-6848. Led by master bander Mark Armstrong and a group of dedicated KTOS volunteers, banding sessions provide fascinating opportunities to get up close and personal with wild birds. Register online.
Monday, July 17
South Loop Summer Session Series: 6 p.m., Forks of the River. Free. Info: AMBC Joy Ride. For beginner to beginner plus to get you comfortable navigating the Urban Wilderness on your own. This week, we’ll be tackling West Perimeter and Whaley. Meet at the Forks of the River, Sunflower Parking lot. Total distance is 5 miles. Register online.
Tuesday, July 18
Bearden Greenway Ride: 6 p.m. Bearden Bike & Trail. Free. Info: Bearden Bike & Trail at 865-200-8710. 14-21-mile greenway ride exploring downtown Knoxville. All skill levels. Usually dine outdoors after the ride. Weather permitting. Details online.
Wednesday, July 19
Cycling Cades Cove Loop: Sunrise to Sunset. Cades Cove. Info: Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 865-436-7318. Enjoy the 11-mile Cades Cove Loop Road on vehicle-free Wednesdays. Details and map online.
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Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation. Find dozens of outdoors events at outdoorknoxville.com/.