Lakeshore Park seeks public input on new renovations

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Lakeshore Park Conservancy announced it is seeking the public’s opinions and comments through an online survey on its latest update to the Lakeshore Park Master Plan.  

Conservancy representatives said Lakeshore Park is Knoxville’s largest, most centrally located and most visited general recreation park, and the Conservancy hopes to receive input on the master plan from across the city. 

The survey will remain open through July 31.

“This is such an incredible front porch for East Tennessee. It’s one of the most beautiful places you can possibly imagine. And so many people, a million people enjoy this park every year. So, asking people what they want for this amazing public space is just the right thing to do. And we can find out if are we hitting the targets of these spaces to be able to run and have children’s activities and recreation and park playgrounds,” said Dee Haslam, Chair of the Lakeshore Park Conservancy Board and Founder of RIVR. 

The community is invited to review the plan online and complete the survey to provide input on the updated layout and proposed locations for new park elements and improvements, such as relocated baseball fields, enhancements to the soccer area, new extensions of the walking trail and new gardens, event venues and play areas. Survey participants also can give feedback on existing park facilities and operations, including restrooms, picnic areas, parking, safety and security, accessibility and maintenance. 

“I think if you ask anybody, a park is just such an important part of the community. And when you go to another town, you usually visit the parks or the museums. But parks are the real focal point of any community. It’s important for economic growth. It’s important for visitors to see that with the vitality of our community. And the parks become really critical to what we do, especially living at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, said Haslam  

Lakeshore Park opened in 1995 on 60 acres of leased land at the Lakeshore Mental Health Institute and has grown and evolved over the years to 185 acres owned by the City of Knoxville and managed by the Conservancy. 

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