Knoxville family donates 100 acres to Urban Wilderness

Knoxville family donates 100 acres to Urban Wilderness

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The 100 acre plot on Taylor Road was donated to the Urban Wilderness by the Wood family. The property was originally purchased by Pat Wood, a respected Knoxville real estate developer and civic leader. The 100 acre plot on Taylor Road was donated to the Urban Wilderness by the Wood family. The property was originally purchased by Pat Wood, a respected Knoxville real estate developer and civic leader.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A major expansion of Knoxville's Urban Wilderness was announced on Tuesday.

The 100 acre plot on Taylor Road was donated to the Urban Wilderness by the Wood family. The property was originally purchased by Pat Wood, a respected Knoxville real estate developer and civic leader.

Carol Evans, executive director of the Legacy Parks Foundation, said the property will provide a key connection between the existing parks and trails with the Urban Wilderness' South Loop Trail System and South Doyle Middle School and its Outdoor Classroom.  It will also connect additional neighborhoods into the system and provide a 1.5-mile introductory mountain bike trail designed for riders of all ages.

All three proposed "green alternative" routes for the James White Parkway extension would intersect this land or other existing parts of the Urban Wilderness.

Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman Mark Nagi says the agency wants to reiterate that no decision has been made on the parkway, and public comment hearings will be held in October.

Ijams Nature Center is also speaking out against the parkway extension, saying, "Ijams Nature Center still supports the NO BUILD option which maintains the integrity and momentum of this superlative trail system that is garnering regional and national recognition."

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