South Knox: It’s your turn to talk greenways

Sandra ClarkOn the Grow, South Knox

Knox County staff and consultants will be at Bonny Kate Elementary School, 7608 Martin Mill Pike, today (6/12) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with maps to discuss greenways – specifically, for South Knox County, proposed greenway corridors from Chapman Highway to Alcoa and from Sam Duff Park to Sevier County. Learn more here.

Knox County has contracted Nashville-based Gresham Smith to study four greenways: South Knox, Beaver Creek East (Gibbs to Powell), Beaver Creek West (Powell to Hardin Valley) and Northshore Drive (Lakeshore Park to Loudon County). Find project information here.

Commissioner-at-large Larsen Jay attended Tuesday’s meeting at Halls Elementary School. After reviewing the maps, Jay said, “Some of this is attainable. It’s not all pie-in-the-sky.”

He added: “I hope the commission takes this study and ranks projects in order of viability and highest need – creates a target list.” This fits with Jay’s other initiative – to get Knox County Commission to develop a strategic plan.

A two-day retreat is planned for Friday and Saturday, July 26-27, at Johnson University. It will be facilitated by Jerry Askew and will be open to the public.

Meanwhile, today’s South Knox meeting will complete four public gatherings. Additional meetings will be held to evaluate the consultants’ work.


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