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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Mayor Indya Kincannon, artist Dustin Durham, and other community members cut the ribbon on the new Fort Kid Park interactive sidewalk mural at 4 p.m. on November 29, 2023, at 1050 World's Fair Park.

Durham, along with those who came out for community paint days, created a colorful, activity filled space along the concrete sidewalk and retaining walls leading to the park.

Prompts on squares of the multicolor surface entice players to answer questions to move up and down the “game board”. This also serves as another way to increase connectivity between the Park and the neighboring Knoxville Museum of Art.

Funding for the mural project comes from the American Rescue Plan Act. Those funds, distributed by the US Department of Treasury, were allocated after Mayor Kincannon proposed, and City Council approved, a plan for the Art and Culture Alliance to administer grants to support local art and culture projects to aid in the COVID-19 recovery process. These grants help by providing jobs and education, boosting tourism, and providing community benefit.

The crosswalk will have a separate painted design installed in early Spring 2024.

City Celebrates New Fort Kid Park March 6, 2023

Photo Gallery of the New Fort Kid Park

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.