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Mayor Rogero explores Lonsdale Park with local youth.
Knoxville boasts arguably some of the best places in the country to enjoy the outdoors. In 2016, Mayor Rogero launched an initiative called 'Neighborhoods to Nature' to promote proximity to outdoor play opportunities. Leading a series of walks, Mayor Rogero, City Council and City staff connected neighbors to their nearby parks.

On January 25, 2018, the U.S. Conference of Mayors announced Knoxville the 2018 1st Place Medium City winner of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Grant to expand the Neighborhoods to Nature Program. The $120,000 grant will help Knoxville Parks and Recreation expand the City’s Neighborhoods to Nature Program, turning it into a mobile program that will bring fun and unique recreation equipment as well as healthy food demonstrations to at-risk neighborhoods.

“Our staff will be able to take more neighborhoods to nature, introducing families to the healthy lives that await them literally out their front door,” said Mayor Rogero.