Knoxville Outdoor Recreation Experience (KORE)

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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KORE LogoOne of the main goals for the City's Parks and Recreation Department is to improve recreation opportunities for all Knoxvillians.

To aid in this mission, the Knoxville Outdoor Recreation Experience (KORE) program was created.

The KORE program allows the City to aid in helping and encouraging Knoxvillians to enjoy all of the many outdoor recreational opportunities in Knoxville!


KORE 50 hiking Parks and Rec challenges residents to take part in 50 to 100 hours of outdoor activities and track their progress using new coloring sheets. 

KORE 50/100 Challenge is a new initiative promoting a variety of outdoor sports and activities for all ages and fitness levels at parks across the city. 

Plus, seven City parks will host KORE with Mayor K events in April and early May to encourage neighbors to get outside and utilize their local parks. Activities will include KORE Mobile games, art in the park, and enjoying the various amenities that each park offers (for example, tennis if the park has tennis courts). 

Learn more about KORE 50/100 Challenge

Learn more about KORE with Mayor K events! 


KORE Summer CampCurrently the KORE program provides a Summer Camp for children ages 6-12 years old at ten (10) recreation centers located across the city and a teen camp for kids 13-15 years old at Cal Johnson Recreation Center camp (hosted at Green Magnet Academy).

The program spans over 7 weeks in June and July (excluding the week of July 1-5) and provides a wide variety of recreational activities while at the Center and includes field trips to outdoor pools and local attractions, such as Main Event, NASCAR Speedpark, Kentucky Splash Waterpark, and others. Breakfast/lunch or lunch/snack served each day.

Learn more about KORE Summer Camp 


KORE Mobile OutreachThe newest addition to KORE is the KORE Mobile Outreach program. KORE Mobile Outreach is a traveling recreation program designed to combat obesity and provide recreational activities in Knoxville’s socioeconomically deprived communities.

The program operates from a very colorful, 14-foot box truck loaded with a variety of physically active equipment and games that are adaptable for all ages and abilities. The KORE Mobile Outreach truck provides fascinating physical fitness adventures that are often disguised as fun and play time. Some of the benefits include cardiovascular endurance, muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and teamwork.

Learn more about KORE Mobile Outreach