Fort Kid

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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The City of Knoxville is moving forward with improvement plans for Fort Kid. The City is committed to stabilizing the site, improving accessibility and making it a place for even more families to enjoy for generations to come.

PBA Property Development Project Status


Survey available at


MARCH 12, 2020

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Online Survey and Images Released as Community Ideas Are Sought for Renovation of Fort Kid

In preparation for the Fort Kid public meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2020 the City of Knoxville has released several photos (see below), a site analysis (see below) and an online survey as part of its renovation plan for the park.

The three photos are from existing playgrounds and will be displayed at the public meeting as possible inspiration for the new play structure at the site.

The images showcase the kinds of materials and structures that families may want to consider as they are being asked what they would like to see at the renovated Fort Kid.
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Fort Kid Playground Vision 1Fort Kid Playground Vision 2Fort Kid Playground Vision 2Fort Kid Spatial Analysis Diagram

  • 1.79 acres
• fenced in playground
• picnic tables
• benches
• swings
• parking available
• close to World's Fair Park
  KATRoute 11 - Clinch Ave. at World's Fair Park Dr.
  City Council District: 1
Fort Kid

1050 World's Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37916

Downtown Knoxville

Directions: Take Cumberland Avenue east to 11th Street. Turn left at the light onto 11th Street; then turn right onto Clinch Avenue. At the first left turn onto World's Fair Park Drive. The park will be on your left across from the Knoxville Museum of Art.

Fort Kid

Fort Kid will close April 6, 2020 for new construction.

This elaborate urban playground is in Downtown Knoxville located between the Victorian Houses and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

With its thousands of square feet of slides, rides and swings, Fort Kid is a popular destination for school, church and daycare groups. Picnic tables and benches are available for parents to watch the wee ones play. Awesome view of the Sunsphere and is a short distance from World's Fair Park which also includes a playground, water play fountains and open space.

Fort Kid is maintained by the Public Building Authority (PBA).


This play structure was built by volunteers during the city's 1991 Bicentennial Celebration.