Knoxville, Tennessee is taking advantage of the beautiful Smoky Mountains with a new initiative designed to capitalize on the outdoor recreational assets in and around the area. “Outdoor Knoxville” is a three-pronged approach and will include a new Adventure Center, a website, and a three-day festival this summer.
The Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center will be housed in the City-owned Gateway Pavilion Building at Volunteer Landing. It will be operated by Legacy Parks Foundation, a non-profit focused on expanding parks, open space and recreational opportunities, and River Sports Outfitters.
“Outdoor Knoxville will showcase our trails, parks, waterways and greenways for both visitors and Knoxville residents,” said Mayor Madeline Rogero. “We have great opportunities here for recreation in beautiful natural settings just minutes from downtown, and this effort will help promote those and encourage everyone to get out and enjoy them.”
The building will play host to rentable event space and outdoor gear rental and retail. The sponsoring partners will also offer public programs and group outings from the facility. It will be a place where guests can get information on all the recreational activities in the Knoxville area.
If the city council approves a lease with Legacy Parks Foundation at it’s meeting this week, the Adventure Center will open mid-April.
The new website officially launched today and features pictures, videos, and information on outdoor recreation activities in the area. It’s an easy-to-use resource for anyone interested in having fun hiking, kayaking, biking, or simply walking to a lake. An up-to-date calendar with all events in the area will be kept on the site as well as an area for users to submit videos, photos, and advice on trails, events, and venues.
Outdoor KnoxFest is the final, most exciting part of the initiative. August 24-26, the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center will be coordinating loads of festivities aimed at getting people outdoors. Things to look forward to include an all-day adventure race, a metric century bike ride, cross-country mountain bike trial, trail run, guided hikes, boat and bike demos and rentals, a climbing wall, family activities, films, and speakers. If you’re in Tennessee, head to Knoxville for some fun in the great outdoors!