Rules / Ordinances

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
[email protected]
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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The Parks and Recreation Department follows Rules / Ordinances set up by the City of Knoxville.

Tennessee State Code
Knoxville City Ordinances - Chapter 20 - Parks & Recreation
• KPRD No Trespass Policy and Rules for Contested Cases


Listed below are rules that are in addition to rules that apply to all City Parks.

Caswell Park Ballfields
• No outside food or drink permitted
• Smoking permitted only in designated areas
• No pets 

Ridley-Helton Field

• No pets



Dog Parks
• Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the dog park and dog owners must have a leash in hand at all times inside the dog park.
• The City of Knoxville is not responsible for injuries to dogs, their owners/handlers, or others that use this dog park.This area is for dogs and their handlers only.
• Limit of two dogs per adult.
• No smoking within fenced area.
• No food within fenced area (human or dog).
• Dog waste must be cleaned up immediately by the dog owners.
• Dogs must display current rabies vaccination tags and license on their collars.
• Dogs in heat or puppies under 4 months are prohibited.
• Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their dogs do not escape from the fenced area.
• Small children and infants must be under the supervision of a guardian at all times.
• Excessive barking is prohibited.Dogs barking excessively must be removed.
• Dogs showing aggression toward people or other animals must be removed from the park.
• Dog owners must be in the dog park with their dogs at all times
• Please report any problems to 311 or 865-215-4311

Fort Dickerson Park
• No jumping / diving from cliffs
• Stay back 10 feet from all cliffs as serious injury or death may occur
• Swimming is allowed.  No lifeguard on duty.  Swim at own risk.  Personal flotation devices are recommended.
• Non-motorized water vessels such as kayaks, canoes, etc. are permitted.

River Bluff Wildlife Area
• No jumping / diving from cliffs
• Stay back 10 feet from all cliffs as serious injury or death may occur
• No hitting golf balls

Knoxville Skatepark

• Open daily from dawn to 11:00 p.m.
• The park is unsupervised.
• Skate at your own risk.
• Skatepark Rules:
• Helmets are required
• Elbow & kneepads are recommended.
• Skateboards, skates and BMX bikes only in the park
• BMX bikes with pegs must be equipped with skatepark friendly pegs - plastic or PVC covers are suggested
• Avoid skating when the surface is wet (rain, snow, etc.)
• No alcohol, drugs, profanity or fighting
• Scooters, mountain bikes and motorized devices are not permitted
• Vandalism, including graffiti, stickers, and tagging, is illegal. If this occurs, it may require the park to be closed temporarily
• Be courteous and respectful of others
• No other items such as benches, tables, etc. may be used as ramps or jumps in the skatepark
• Events, lessons, and other organized activities required written permission
• Glass containers are prohibited in or near the skating surface.

• Failure to follow these rules may result in loss of privileges or other action
• Please keep your skatepark clean and safe 

Suttree Landing Park
• Park is open 24 hours (not dawn to dusk)

No Trespass Policy
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