City’s ‘Neighborhoods to Nature’ walks to promote outdoor play

(source: Historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The City of Knoxville is encouraging residents to visit neighborhood parks Monday evening through a new program. “Neighborhoods to Nature” promotes outdoor play in city parks.

“It’s quick and convenient to get from just about any community to a park or greenway,” Mayor Rogero said. “I hope that many of our citizens will join me for Monday’s planned group walk. It’s a chance to get to know your neighbors a little better while enjoying a summertime walk.”

Residents in Parkridge, Fourth and Gill, Old North Knoxville and Austin Homes neighborhoods are asked to walk to nearby parks at 6 p.m. Knoxville residents who do not live in those neighborhoods can take city transit from the Knoxville Area Transit station at 301 E. Church Avenue. Police officers will escort residents back to meeting locations.

Parkridge residents can join Mayor Madeline Rogero at the Parkridge Community Garden on Olive Street and Fifth Avenue. Vice Mayor Duane Grieve and City Council members Mark Campen and Marshall Stair will be walking in Old North starting at the Fourth United Presbyterian Church at 1323 N. Broadway.

Fourth and Gill residents can join Deputy to the Mayor Christi Branscom and Councilman Finbarr Saunders starting at Fourth and Gill Park at 80/8 Eleanor Street. Councilmen Daniel Brown and George Wallace will be walking in the Austin Homes neighborhood starting at the Austin Homes driveway near Hill Avenue.

There will be food trucks and vendors at the Ashley Nicole Playground after the event.

For information on the KAT route, call 865-637-3000.


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