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April 20, 2015

Mayor Madeline Rogero and the Lakeshore Park Board of Directors announced today that construction has started on a new universal playground at Lakeshore Park.

The playground is the first improvement to be constructed at Lakeshore Park following an extensive public input process and an update of the master plan for the 185-acre park. The playground is designed to be inclusive for children of every ability and will include a resilient surface, multiple play areas and special equipment.

The universal playground will be named in memory of Hank Rappé, the son of Dr. Matt and Brandy Rappé, who passed away on April 5, 2013 - two days before his first Knox Youth Sports tee-ball game at Lakeshore Park.

“This universal playground is a wonderful tribute to Hank Rappé, and a great next step for Lakeshore Park,” said Mayor Rogero. “It will provide a place where all children and families will feel welcome. I want to thank all of the donors whose generosity has made it possible.”

Donations from the medical community and friends and family of the Rappés to Knox Youth Sports provided initial funds for playground equipment. The cost of construction of the playground and other improvements has been provided through donations to the Lakeshore Park Board. The total cost of the playground, an adjacent parking area, landscaping and other improvements is $1.2 million. The project will take about 90 days to complete, and a grand opening will be scheduled for mid-Summer 2015.

Construction team members include Ross/Fowler Landscape Architects, Partners Development, Denark Construction, Inc. and Home Federal Bank of Tennessee.

Lakeshore Park - universal playground

Design for the new Hank Rappé Universal Playground

Lakeshore Park is a 185-acre public park in Knoxville, TN. Its mission is to preserve, protect and maintain the Park for public use; and to provide ongoing financial support for operation, expansion, enhancement and beautification of the Park

To see the City media release, click HERE.


Demolition of institutional buildings
June 30, 2014

The City of Knoxville announced today that demolition will begin at Lakeshore Park on July 7, 2014.  Nine of the largest buildings at Lakeshore Park will be taken down over the next nine months, with demolition to be completed by March 2015.  The administration building, the chapel and the central services warehouse near the Northshore entrance will be preserved.

The City also announced plans for renovation of the administration building, which was constructed in 1884 as part of the first building on the site.  The City also plans to upgrade the antiquated utility system that currently services the park.

A separate Request for Proposals has been issued for demolition of all of the former mental health cottages except Greenbriar and Willow, which are leased by the State to the Helen Ross McNabb Center.

Demolition of the institutional buildings and cottages will open most of the 185 acre park for general recreational use.  The Lakeshore Park Board is currently raising funds for development and expansion of the park.  Construction of park improvements could start in early 2015, subject to availability of funds.

To see the City media release, click HERE.

June 6, 2014 Mayor Rogero cuts the ribbon the open the Farmers Market at Lakeshore Park.


The The Friday Farmers Market operated by East Tennessee Farmers Association for Retail Marketing is now open at Lakeshore Park. The market will be held every Friday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., through the growing season, which usually runs through November. The market is located in the KYS parking lot across the road from the four baseball fields. Parking is available in the large KYS lot, and restrooms are available in the TVA Pavilion.


The market supports sustainable healthy food choices and gives growers and farmers an outlet for locally grown produce, meats, honey, eggs, plants and flowers. The market also offers locally produced products such as fresh baked goods, granolas, jams and jellies. Over 80 local farmers and producers are members of the Association.


The Friday Farmers Market operated for many years at the Laurel Church of Christ on Kingston Pike. Mayor Madeline Rogero presided over the grand opening and cut the ribbon to open the market at Lakeshore Park on June 6, 2014.

For more information about the market, visit


The draft plan updates the original 2000 Master Plan and now includes all 185 acres of the park.

This draft of the updated Master Plan is based primarily on public input received at a public meeting earlier this year and a comprehensive survey of more than 500 Knoxvillians conducted by U30 Group as a contribution to Lakeshore Park.

(Click image below for PDF of plan)

lakeshore plan


With the expansion of the park to 185 acres and the completion of an updated Master Plan, the City of Knoxville and the Lakeshore Park Board are moving forward with planning and development for improvement of the park and addition of new amenities. 

Click here to view the
Spring 2014 Development Update for the park.


Comments on the draft of the updated master plan are
invited and can be sent through January 31, 2014 to:

City of Knoxville — Parks and Recreation
400 Main Street, Suite 303
Knoxville, TN 37901


Lakeshore Park
P.O. Box 10244
Knoxville, TN 37939

See U30’s public input report here.

Other Resources for Consideration:

- History of Property
- How You Can Support
- Lakeshore Park Timeline
- U-30 Input Report
- U-30 Lakeshore Park Redevelopment Report