Safety City Knoxville

Police Chief

David Rausch
(865) 215-7000

800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37915

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Officer Lori Banks
865- 215-7332

Safety City Knoxville
165 S. Concord Street
Knoxville, TN 37919

Safety City is a Community Service Project of the Knoxville Police Department.

Safety CityThe objective of Safety City is to provide an early educational program for elementary school children (kindergarten-fourth grades). The program will teach children about vehicular, pedestrian, bicycle and fire safety. The skills taught at Safety City will empower youngsters with the ability to avoid needless accidents and instill good safety habits at an early age.

The concept of Safety City is one of providing "hands-on" safety education within a child-size setting complete with buildings, paved streets and sidewalks, working traffic signals and traffic signs. Students receive classroom instruction in basic pedestrian, vehicular, bicycle and fire safety. Then, students are able to practice and demonstrate their safety skills in participatory activities on the Safety City site. Participatory instruction can include pedestrian exercises, traffic activities through driving child-size vehicls and bicycle and fire skills.

Safety CityGoals of Safety City
  • To provide a creative and safe environment where elementary students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in pedestrian, vehicular and bicycle safety.
  • To reduce injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicular related crashes
  • To reduce injuries and deaths resulting from fire
  • To provide other personal safety education programs as they develop

During the school calendar year, second grade students attend Safety City as a school field trip. In the summer, groups of various ages 4-11 sign-up for classes and select from a menu of safety topics.
Safety Fairs:
Saturday, April 29, 2017 and Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  At the Safety Fairs, families have fun learning about bicycle safety in a unique, safe environment at Safety City. Children attending the bike fair must be accompanied by an adult and should bring a bicycle and helmet. Bicycles and helmets are checked for safety and proper fit. The Knoxville Police Department will loan children a bike and helmet for  use during the event, if needed. Participants will test their skills at several skill stations throughout Knoxville's miniature city. In addition, children will receive safety information, a light snack, a collapsible water bottle and a "Safety Rules" t-shirt. There is no admission charge.

Summer Hours: From June 5 to July 27, 2017 Safety City will be open to the public ONLY on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. These special public hours/days will only be in effect thru the months of June and July. Safety City will be closed on July 4th. Families may bring their own bikes with helmets, battery-powered cars, non-motorized scooters (no skateboards), doll buggies or walking shoes to Safety City to have open riding and play. There are two playgrounds with picnic areas adjacent to Safety City: one toddler and one designed for children ages 5-9.