News from Legacy Parks Foundation

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

Legacy Luncheon: Only a few tables remain for our 2023 Legacy Luncheon for the Parks featuring guest speaker (and Rolling Stone) Chuck Leavell! The Legacy Luncheon for the Parks will be hosted at the beautiful Seven Islands State Birding Park on Friday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. Reserve your table.

Angora Frog Farm: We are creating the fun and whimsical Angora Frog Farm, a new park in Powell, and sponsorships are available. Each play feature will tie into the story of Arvin the Frog and his adventures visiting the park. Visitors will read from storybook panels and participate in an activity utilizing the play features.

We kicked off fundraising in April with a $20,000 grant from the American Rental Association of America and Toro to fund the walking path AND a matching grant from FirstBank to fund the storybook panels throughout the park!

Special thanks to these sponsors that have committed to a play feature:

  • East Tennessee Pediatric Dentistry: Dr. Jessica Phillips chose to sponsor the play feature for the frog named Eula May. Just so happens that was her great aunt’s name, too! It was meant to be!
  • Mynatt Funeral Home: Mynatt just opened the new funeral home in Powell and is sponsoring the music feature in memory of Ronald Hill (Angie Hill’s dad) who loved southern gospel music.
  • The Bailey Group: Laura Bailey sells houses – and she’s providing one for Arvin the Frog by sponsoring the house feature.
  • DeRoyal: DeRoyal is sponsoring a play feature in celebration of its 50th anniversary!

Five sponsorship opportunities are available if you’d like to be a part of creating this story-themed park! Find out more

The Perennial Circle recognizes those who have provided for Legacy Parks Foundation in their wills or estate plans. Perennial Circle members truly create their own legacy through planned giving. They help ensure our area’s extraordinary natural assets and exceptional recreational opportunities will be enjoyed for generations to come.

If you would like to join this dedicated group of supporters, please contact Dara Worrell, Legacy Parks development director, at 865-525-2585. If you have already named Legacy Parks Foundation in your estate plans, please let us know so we may thank you!

Shop for good! Show off our outdoor town with the fun Outdoor Knoxville apparel! Merchandise is on shelves at Mast General, REI, Visit Knoxville, Knoxville Adventure Collective and online at

NEW! Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness T-shirts and stickers! Swing by the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center or give us a call to purchase your shirt (a great Father’s Day gift!). Stickers coming soon! And you’ll be shopping for good! Proceeds from purchases support our work to keep Knoxville an OK town!

Join the fun and bike with Carol Evans and Missy Kane on the Dogwood Arts Bikes and Blooms ride on Saturday, June 24, at 10 a.m. We’ll leave from Volunteer Landing and ride across the Gay Street Bridge down Sevier Avenue, passing by a dozen great restaurants, breweries and public art along the street. We’ll head through the beautiful Island Home neighborhood to pick up the Will Skelton Greenway that will take us to Ijams Nature Center. After a short break, we’ll head back on the same route. The ride is approximately 10 miles and should take about two hours.

Come Paddle the Tennessee! Knoxville Adventure Collective is open for the season and offering hourly and all-day rentals by appointment. Launch from the downtown dock and enjoy a tour of the Tennessee River with landscapes including Neyland Stadium and the downtown area. Or book a downriver trip and paddle the French Broad with the convenience of a shuttle!

Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *