As part of its purpose, Connecting Everyone with the Outdoors, Legacy Parks Foundation has opened a new intergenerational public park in North Knoxville. Executive Director Carol Evans explains, “The playspace encourages all ages and abilities to get outside and play, socialize and participate in physical activity together.”
Featuring an ellipse-shaped central activity area surrounded by a walking track with a handrail, swings for adults and kids, a storybook trail, and a music play area with drums and chimes, it’s the first park in the region to be purposefully designed to create active interactions between multiple generations – children through seniors. Inside the ellipse is a therapeutic zone and play area featuring equipment for intergenerational fun and physical exercise.
The park creates a place for rehabilitation and reflection. It’s a place where kids, active adults and seniors, and those with mobility and rehabilitative issues can all enjoy recreational activities that stimulate the brain, body and senses with a variety of physical, visual, audible, and cognitive experiences while taking advantage of all the benefits of being outdoors. The playspace overlooks the dog park and connects to the existing paved walking loop.
Made possible by the many partners that supported and funded the project, the park is open to the public from dawn to dusk at 5311 Beverly Park Circle. To support the work of the foundation or to find more information, go to Legacyparks.org