Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Gateway Park Project

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
sely@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Urban Wilderness Gateway Park design
The City of Knoxville will host a groundbreaking for its planned $10 million Urban Wilderness Gateway Park on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Baker Creek Preserve, 3700 Lancaster Drive. Learn more.



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Knoxville's Urban Wilderness is a spectacular outdoor adventure area where you can hike, bike, climb, paddle, or just wander in the woods – all within the heart of the city. Over 50 miles of trails and greenways connect you to a beautiful nature center, pristine lakes, historic sites, dramatic quarries, adventure playgrounds, five city parks, and a 500-acre wildlife area. There's an adventure for everyone!


Knoxville's Urban WildernessRebekah Jane Montgomery
Urban Wilderness Coordinator

rmontgomery@knoxvilletn.gov
865-215-1720
Lakeshore Park 
5930 Lyons View Pike 
Knoxville, TN 37919
(Click here to learn more about the City's Urban Wilderness Coordinator)


KNOXVILLE'S URBAN WILDERNESS GATEWAY PARK

In her April 27, 2018 State of the City Address, Mayor Madeline Rogero proposed a $10 million investment to create a gateway park and entrance to South Knoxville  and the Urban Wilderness at the southern end of the James White Parkway. The City and the community appreciate the support of Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Transportation in deeding this state property to the City for public use.

This new park proposes to include amenities such as a landscaped access point and gathering space at Baker Creek Preserve and at the James White Parkway terminus, parking, pedestrian and bike pathways and trails, a bike park, additional children’s nature play areas, improved connectivity and safety to existing neighborhoods, businesses, and schools.

Your input will help the park to be a true reflection of the community. Feedback is always welcome, submit your comments to UWGatewaypark@knoxvilletn.gov or contact Urban Wilderness Coordinator Rebekah Jane Montgomery at 865-215-1720 or  rmontgomery@knoxvilletn.gov.


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LINKS OF INTEREST

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Concept Design ReportFramework, Vision and Concept Design Report - This report establishes guiding principles and a conceptual design framework for the James White Parkway Corridor, making the connection between East Knoxville, Downtown and South Knoxville by parkland and greenways. View the full report including appendices that include supplemental information regarding other projects in South Knoxville and items that are influencing the park's plans.

September 18, 2018 Public Meeting - Revised conceptual design report for the corridor along with the timeline and details of the phase one plan for the new park was presented at this public meeting. View meeting presentation and renderings.

Community Meeting Discussions - Throughout the visioning and conceptual design phase, community groups and stakeholders have been gathering in small forums with city staff and the project design team to help guide the progress of the framework for the project. This community input, along with survey results, have been paired with the project’s guiding principles to shape the conceptual plans, strategic goals, timelines of the project. View community meeting discussion slides.

Survey Results for Vision of Gateway Park - Over 800 people provided comments, ideas, and priorities for the Urban Wilderness Gateway Park Project. You can see the collection of those responses in graphs and also read the full survey results with written responses.

June 2, 2018 Public Input Exhibition & Block Party - Throughout the two-hour public gathering at the southern end of the James White Parkway, Urban Wilderness enthusiasts and neighbors gathered around interactive displays and shared ideas about the new $10 million gateway park. View presentation renderings from that day.

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Master Plan 2016
- A four-year implementation plan including key entry points and signage was created in 2016 for Knoxville's Urban Wilderness. View the full plan which includes vision, timelines, stakeholder engagement, design guide and funding.


RENDERINGS OF INTEREST

James White Parkway Terminus Concept Design Renderings - click images for larger views

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Baker Creek Preserve Area Concept Design Renderings - click images for larger views

Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Baker Creek Preserve Concept Design Renderings    Knoxville's Urban Wilderness Baker Creek Preserve Concept Design Renderings


FEEDBACK

Feedback is always welcome, submit your comments to UWGatewaypark@knoxvilletn.gov or contact Urban Wilderness Coordinator Rebekah Jane Montgomery at 865-215-1720 or  rmontgomery@knoxvilletn.gov.


Knoxville's Urban Wilderness