Landscaping, Parks, & Playgrounds

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DOWNTOWN DOG PARK

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

City of Knoxville Policy Department requested assistance to prepare a plan for a new dog park in downtown Knoxville. Thanks to the volunteer assistance of Carrie Read, LEED AP, landscape designer with Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc.

The PetSafe Downtown Dog Park is the second of five parks to be built with funding from PetSafe Village. The dog park is located at the corner of Summit Hill Drive and Central Avenue in the downtown area. Approximately one acre, the park opened to the public in June 2010. The PetSafe Downtown Dog Park features an attractive entrance that complements the surrounding downtown buildings. The State of Tennessee has awarded Knoxville with a grant to incorporate an infiltration system into the dog park in order to prevent pollutants from entering the nearby First Creek. Amenities for the dog park include separate sections for small and large dogs, human and dog water fountains and dog waste station.

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GREEN MAGNET SCHOOL GARDEN

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

Great Schools Partnership asked ETCDC to analyze and recommend a new design for an existing garden space at Green Magnet School. ETCDC and volunteer professional Garry Menendez developed a conceptual plan that can be built in phases. The plan includes pollinator beds, vegetable beds, compost bins, a tool and potting shed, and an outdoor classroom space for hands on learning.

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EVERLY BROTHERS PARK CONCEPT PLAN

IMG_3513KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

The Bearden Council asked the East Tennessee Community Design Center (ETCDC) and volunteer professional landscape architects, Rachel Rittler ASLA and Garry Menendez ASLA, to develop a conceptual park plan to honor the Everly Brothers. The plan includes a main gateway entrance, a stone path that culminates at an Everly Brothers sculpture, and stone stage with seating wall and embankment seating. Along the path is an area for musical play equipment, a water feature to help mask ambient street sounds, granite markers and ADA educational signage with information about the Everlys, and solar bollard lighting fixtures.

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KNOXVILLE’S EXTREME SPORTS PARK

Extreme Skate ParkKNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN

Knoxville Extreme Sports asked for assistance from the ETCDC to expand the existing skate park at Tyson Park. The skate park will be enhanced by adding more concrete skate obstacles, locating food and merchandise vendors during big events, constructing a metal building to house an indoor skate park, constructing a new building to house a pro shop, cafe, classroom, and outdoor viewing platform, as well as locating the potential for future growth under the Alcoa Highway overpass.

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WEST VIEW HISTORIC CEMETERY DISTRICT

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
The West View Community requested design assistance from the Community Design Center to create a plan for use and linkage of the historic cemeteries in their neighborhood.  First, the linkages were studied between all of the historic cemeteries including Lonas, Jewish Cemetery, Middlebrook, Crestview, Longview, and Southern Chain Cemeteries.  The design that was created addressed security issues, defining the edges of the cemeteries, and enhancing entrances.

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KNOXVILLE’S URBAN WILDERNESS & HISTORIC CORRIDOR

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
Legacy Parks enlisted the aid of ETCDC and Landscape Architect volunteer, Sean Vasington to help them identify the existing greenspaces in South Knoxville and develop potential connections between these amenities.
CDC mapped 1,000 acres of greenways, trails, parks, civil war forts, and other public amenities and developed potential future connections between these areas.

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MASCOT PARK

MASCOT, KNOX COUNTY, TN
ETCDC involvement began upon the request of Knox County Health Department, Healthy Kids Healthy Community initiative, and the representatives from the Mascot Community. They asked the CDC to add enhancements to the existing park that were discussed during several neighborhood meetings. The design team also studied the overall plan of the city of Mascot and surrounding attributes. A plan was created to show potential future pedestrian and vehicular connections to those attributes.

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LONSDALE PARK RENOVATION

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
ETCDC involvement began upon the request of Knox County Health Department, Healthy Kids Healthy Community initiative, and the Heart of Lonsdale. They asked the CDC to add enhancements to the existing park that were discussed during several neighborhood meetings.

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HARRELL ROAD PARK

KNOXVILLE, KNOX COUNTY, TN
The Harrell Road Park project converted an abandoned tract of land into a public-serving, naturalized park.  The 15 acre site is located in Knoxville and was donated to the Legacy Parks Foundation.  This project is Knox County’s first storm water park.  The park will demonstrate ways to effectively manage storm water.  It will serve as a teaching tool for other sustainable development.  Once the construction is completed, Legacy Parks will donate the sustainable park to Knox County.

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