Fort Kid

Parks and Recreation Director

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

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Fort Kid Now OpenAfter years of planning, Mayor Indya Kincannon and other community leaders cut the ribbon on the new Fort Kid Park, Monday, March 6, 2023. While some finishing work is still being completed at the site, the new playground is now open to the public.

Improvements at the site include:

• A new accessible play surface
• A fort tower and slide
• Climbing and balancing poles
• A fully- accessible merry-go-round
• A toddler play area
• A new, full- accessible pathway
• And, new site grading and soil enhancements.

View March 6, 2023 News Release

View Photo Gallery of the new Fort Kid

View Rebuilding Fort Kid Construction Page

  • 1.79 acres
• fenced in playground
• accessible play surface and pathway
• fort tower and slides
• climbing and balancing poles
• full accessible merry-go-round
• toddler play area
• 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.

The new Fort Kid Park opened on March 6, 2023.

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

With its new accessible play surface, fort tower and slide, climbing and balancing poles, fully-accessible merry-go-round, toddler play area, new, full-accessible pathway, and new site grading and soil enhancements, Fort Kid is a popular destination for school, church and daycare groups. The Knoxville Museum of Art (free to the public) is across the road from Fort Kid plus the Sunsphere and World's Fair Park is only a short distance away. World's Fair Park also includes a playground, water play fountains and open space.

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


The original play structure was built by volunteers with the leadership and vision of Beth Waters during the city's 1991 Bicentennial. Celebration.