Thursday, March 29, 2012

Recharge your batteries at Knoxville greenways and parks

One of the best things about living in Knoxville, Tennessee is that you can recharge your batteries at Knoxville parks and greenways. The expansion of the greenways puts a park or walkway in within easy reach of most people in the city and Knox County has another set to choose from.

I haven't been able to try all of the parks yet but I am working on it. For the most part, the greenways in Knoxville, Tennessee and Knox County are fully accessible. The ones that I have seen so far have had paved paths, shade and places to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

Each of the parks is named for a community or per who has been influential in the development of Knoxville, Tennessee or the region around us. A couple of examples are:

Holston Greenway and Park
In 1746, Stephen Holston built his home on the upper banks of what would become the Holston River. He was followed by the Reverend Samuel Carrick of the Presbyterian Church in 1792. He founded the Lebanon Presbyterian Church and settled on the banks of the river. It is on this property that the Holston River Greenway now stands.

Talahi Park
This 1920, park has its roots in Cherokee history and is the forerunner to the current area of Sequaoyah Hills. Talahi is name for the term 'in the oaks' and is fitting for the first planned development in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. The panther fountain in the center of the park is inspired by the Cherokee legend of the 'underground panther'. Next to this is the Old Papoose Park.

These are only a couple of the greenwas in Knoxville, Tennessee. Find out more online.