Project updates from Legacy Parks

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

We’ve refreshed our website a bit to make it easier to keep up with the various projects of Legacy Parks Foundation (and other things of interest).

West Hills Park: We’re digging in to create a natural surface trail in the woods. The new trail will be a great asset to the already wonderful park and will allow park-goers a chance to take a walk in the woods! The trail will be named the Scott Cleland Trail, in memory of a long-time resident of the neighborhood.

Collier Preserve: Volunteers from Keep Knoxville Beautiful and the Master Gardeners will be there Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. until noon. We might have as many as 50 volunteers in the Preserve. Tasks include planting native species, removing invasive species and picking up litter, if any. Other volunteers will be working at Powell Station Park.

McBee Ferry Landing: Joe Mack, senior director of Parks & Rec for Knox County, reports that work is underway at this county park. Knox County is currently creating a parking area and will improve/move the entrance to the park and access to the boat ramp. “Once that work is done (expected to be completed this month) work will begin on the installation of the picnic tables, benches and trash cans. TWRA is going to be renovating the boat ramp itself and we don’t have a time frame on that.” Thanks to Mike Donila for this update.

Enjoy some crisp fall air at a nearby state park. Here’s a neat graphic to help you choose.

Saturday, November 19

Fall Bird Hike: 8 a.m., Seven Islands State Birding Park. Cost $6. Info: Seven Islands State Birding Park at 715-630-6848. Join Ranger Stephanie on a 2.5-mile hike along the Bobwhite ADA Trail and Island Loop Trail to identify and learn about the variety of birds currently found in the park. Bring Binoculars. Register online.

Secret City Half Marathon and 5K: 9 a.m., Melton Lake Park. Info: Knoxville Track Club. Half Marathon and 5K race route start and finish at the Melton Lake Park peninsula. Register online.

Knoxville Walk for Epilepsy: 11 a.m., Worlds Fair Park. Info: Epilepsy Foundation in East TN. Epilepsy Awareness Walk around the Festival Lawn for folks with epilepsy, their families and Epilepsy Foundation staff. Register online.
Cranksgiving: Noon, Parkridge Park. Info: Two Bikes at 865-951-2950. Ride requires the ability to navigate between multiple grocery stores and collect food that will be donated to Second Harvest. Each team may decide their own route, speed and difficultly. Details online.

Sunday, November 20

Sunset and Cider Hike: 8 a.m., Seven Islands State Birding Park. Cost $8. Info: Seven Islands State Birding Park at 715-630-6848. Join Ranger Stephanie for a stroll down Kelly Lane Greenway to the Green House where we’ll watch the sunset over the French Broad River as we sip hot apple cider or hot chocolate. Register online.

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Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation.


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