KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Lakeshore Park Board has plans to enlarge and improve their 185 acre public park.
Thursday, the board kicked-off their $50 million campaign to fund park improvements. The Haslam family announced they will donate $15 million towards the expansion.
The first phase of the campaign included adding a handicap accessible playground, which opened September 11, 2015. Other first phase improvements include adding a walking trail, canoe and kayak launch, river walk, hall and pavilion, recreational fields that are open to the public and for large special events, a river pavilion and adding a hilltop garden.
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“Phase one is really going to be great but when you complete the park, that’s when its really going to shine,” said Lakeshore Park Board of Directors Chair Dee Haslam.
Construction for phase one will start in March 2016 and is expected to be completed by June 2017.
“Lakeshore Park is one of the most beautiful places in East Tennessee, and it’s exciting to see it come full circle,” Mayor Rogero said. “It once was pristine open land, known for its amazing vistas overlooking the Tennessee River. Then, for more than a century, it was a special place where mental-health professionals provided care to those in need. And now, it’s once again open land for public use, available for everyone to enjoy.”