The Future of Lakeshore Park

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 will start in the November of 2016, with a target completion date of mid-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.


Lakeshore Park has engaged a professional development team for design and construction of the Phase 1A park improvements:

Project Manager

Landscape Architects


Construction Manager

Construction Financing


The heavy equipment has started rolling at Lakeshore Park, as construction on the Phase 1A improvements gets underway. The improvements will include two additional miles of walking trail, piers on Fourth Creek and the Tennessee River, a boardwalk through the wetlands area, conversion of the chapel to an open marble pavilion, a large central recreational/special events field, garden areas, picnic areas, additional restrooms, additional parking, a new connector road to the lower baseball fields and other improvements. Hard construction is expected to take 14 to 16 months, plus an additional six months to complete installation of landscaping. 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.


The City of Knoxville has completed four major projects in connection with the expansion of Lakeshore Park:

  1. Demolition of over 500,000 square feet of buildings which could not be adaptively reused.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Lakeshore 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.

  1. Hank Rappe Playground

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