The opportunity to create a large public park in the center of a city is extraordinary. The fact that it is one of the most beautiful sites in the city, with rolling hills, river, creek and mountain views, and historic overlooks makes it even more incredible.
Knoxville has the unique opportunity to develop a park based on what the public wants to see. During a yearlong public input process conducted and donated by U30 Group, your voices were heard. A new master plan was developed, and projects were prioritized based on your input. While preserving green space and enhancing the water and mountain views, the Lakeshore Park Board will build playgrounds, piers, pavilions, restrooms, gardens, walking trails, overlooks and much, much more. Construction of the first phase began in the November of 2016 and was completed in March of 2018. The City has generously funded park infrastructure (primarily demolition and utilities), but all of the park improvements must be funded through private contributions. To become a Friend of Lakeshore Park and support this beloved resource, click here.
PHASE 1A DEVELOPMENT TEAM
Lakeshore Park has engaged a professional development team for design and construction of the Phase 1A park improvements:
Construction of Phase 1A is winding down. The next project is the HGTV Overlook – expect construction to begin in late 2018. Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects has been engaged to create this spectacular site.
The capital campaign is ongoing, and more improvements will be added to the park as additional contributions are received. Click here to make a gift today. Join your friends and neighbors as we build an amazing park.
In late 2017 and early 2018, Lakeshore Park celebrated the completion of Phase 1A construction. This includes the newly renovated Marble Hall (the former chapel), Marble Pavilion, 2 more miles of trail, new parking lots, new restrooms, updated Lakeshore Shelter, picnic hill, piers on 4th Creek and the Tennessee River, a riverside boardwalk, and a 2-acre Main Lawn in the center of the park.
The park completed construction of an accessible playground adjacent to the upper baseball fields in September of 2015. This new playground features state-of-the-art equipment and resilient surfaces and welcomes children of all abilities. The Hank Rappé Playground is the first of many new improvements funded entirely by private donations.
The City of Knoxville has completed four major projects in connection with the expansion of Lakeshore Park:
- Demolition of over 500,000 square feet of buildings which could not be adaptively reused.
- Installation of new water, sewer and electrical mains, to replace the failing utility systems. All utilities are now underground, which will permit removal of electrical poles throughout the park.
- Renovation of the historic Administration Building, which was constructed in 1884. Renovation of this historic building was completed in April of 2016, and the building is the new headquarters for the City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department. Lakeshore Park also has an office in the building.
- Renovation of the Central Services Building near the Northshore entrance. This facility is the home of the City of Knoxville Horticulture Department and includes storage of equipment utilized by the City Parks and Recreation Department.