New master plan ready for Lakeshore Park

New master plan ready for Lakeshore Park

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A public meeting is being held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Deane Hill Recreation Center to discuss the new master plan for Lakeshore Park.. A public meeting is being held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Deane Hill Recreation Center to discuss the new master plan for Lakeshore Park..
A majority of the buildings from the institute will be demolished. One of the only buildings that will be saved is the historic administration building. A majority of the buildings from the institute will be demolished. One of the only buildings that will be saved is the historic administration building.
"I would love to see them put a dog park here," said Jennifer Bookstaff. "There is so much space." "I would love to see them put a dog park here," said Jennifer Bookstaff. "There is so much space."
"At this point it would just be a wild guess on my part to tell you how much it will cost." said Joe Walsh. "At this point it would just be a wild guess on my part to tell you how much it will cost." said Joe Walsh.
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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Ever since the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute closed in 2012, plans have been in the works to redevelop Lakeshore Park.     

Recently, community leaders asked for input from the public on what they would want to see at the park. A survey was given to five hundred people, and a public meeting was held in June for ideas.   

The city also received many emails and phone calls on what residents wanted to see at the park.

Now with input from the community, a new master plan is now being unveiled.

The city is now in possession of 185 acres. Over the years the city was given land, so several ball fields and a walking trail are already on the property.              

A public meeting is being held Monday at 6 p.m. at the Deane Hill Recreation Center to discuss the new master plan.     

City leaders have already given $5.2 million dollars in capital funds to further develop Lakeshore Park.     

One of the first major projects is to tear down a lot of the old buildings already on the property.     

Lakeshore Park is already very popular with residents.

"The walking trail is one of the best I've ever been on," said Knoxville resident Jennifer Bookstaff. "It's well maintained. It's nicely paved. The location is great because I live nearby."    

City leaders say they just hope with this new master plan that Lakeshore Park will be even better.

"We are looking at possibly expanding the soccer fields, new playground, possibly an outdoor amphitheater," said Knoxville parks and recreation director Joe Walsh, "Maybe a location for a farmers market."    

A majority of the buildings from the institute will be demolished. One of the only buildings that will be saved is the historic administration building.     

Workers were out Monday checking all the buildings for lead and asbestos.     

A majority of the $5.2 million allotted for the park will be used for demolition.

The total cost of running the park once it is finished is hard to say.

"At this point it would just be a wild guess on my part to tell you how much it will cost." said Walsh.    

Even though they are presenting a new master plan at Monday's meeting, they still welcome ideas from the community to make the park better.

"I would love to see them put a dog park here," said Bookstaff. "There is so much space." 

City leaders say they hope to see the park in its final phases in the next five to ten years. By the time it is complete it will be the largest park in the city of Knoxville.

Walsh says there is no way the city can afford everything they want to put at Lakeshore Park. He says are also depending on private dollars as well.     

Lakeshore Park, Inc., a non-profit group, has also been formed. They are planning on doing fundraisers for the park in the future.     

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