Ribbon Cutting Dec. 15 for City Section of Knox/Blount Greenway

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Ribbon Cutting Dec. 15 for City Section of Knox/Blount Greenway

Posted: 12/04/2015
City of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and local officials will hold a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15 for the City of Knoxville section of the Knox/Blount Greenway. The ceremony will be held at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus located at 1709 Alcoa Highway.

The City of Knoxville section of the Knox/Blount Greenway is the first phase of a plan to provide a pedestrian connection from Knoxville south through Knox and Blount counties to the Great Smoky Mountains.

The two-mile Knoxville section spans from the south side of the J.E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge and ends at Knox County’s Marine Park. It follows the shore of the Tennessee River for most of its route and passes the University of Tennessee Practice Golf Course and the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus. 

It connects to the north via the J.E. “Buck” Karnes Bridge to the Neyland Greenway across the river, bringing the total network of connected downtown greenways to 18 miles.

The project cost roughly $1.65 million and was funded through a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Enhancement Grant of $1.45 million (including a City match of $330,000) and a supplemental TDOT Alternatives Grant of $200,000. 

Land easements were obtained from the University of Tennessee, the Department of the Navy, Knox County, TDOT and the Tennessee Valley Authority.