Planning & Development

Parks and Recreation Director

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

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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Knoxville Parks & Recreation:  Planning & Development

The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department works hard to maintain and improve the City’s existing park lands and recreational facilities. Through planning, development, maintenance, and facilities management projects, staff is continually working to enhance and expand facilities to better serve the community and visitors.
Key planning documents include a Greenway Corridor Feasibility and Assessment Study that was completed in 2016 and serves as a guiding document for connecting Knoxville's greenways and parks.

• Click here to view the Greenway Corridor Feasibility & Assessment Study

Also, the Knoxville Urban Wilderness represents a dynamic partnerships that shines a spotlight on the natural, historic, recreational, and environmental resources of a City. A Four-Year Implementation Plan for the Urban Wilderness was created in 2016, and a new Urban Wilderness Gateway Park is currently being developed.

• Click here to learn more about the Urban Wilderness Gateway

The Parks and Recreation Department works with other City departments, government agencies and non-profit groups to expand trails, park lands, as well as to maintain and create new and/or renovated recreational opportunities for our community.  

The Parks & Recreation Department is continuously implementing improvements to the City’s park, recreation, and greenway spaces.   Projects are routinely assisted by City Engineering and by the Public Building Authority (PBA).

• Click here to view details on current and past Engineering assisted projects
• Click here to view details on PBA projects