by Liz Lyons: With the weather getting warmer, I find myself looking for any excuse I can to be outside. We are lucky here in Knoxville to have so many great parks-81 parks and over 40 miles of greenways to be exact. No matter what part of town you may find yourself in there will always be a green space to get some exercise or simply relax somewhere nearby. You will probably even find yourself on the front of one of the seven lakes that touch the city! Not only do we have an ample amount of parks here, but we also have wonderful greenways that connect each of these parks to each other. I have always heard that you can take the greenways from one end of Knoxville to another, but had never quite understood how this would work. After looking at the wonderful information on the City of Knoxville Website and the Knox County Parts and Recreation website, I realized that this would be highly possible.
While I have still yet to try to make it across town, I was able to take my dog and joined a friend and her five year old daughter and we set out to enjoy a nice walk every Saturday morning for the past two weeks. We encountered more than we ever could have hoped for while exploring the John Teague greenway and we made it to the Cove at Concord Park the next weekend. The youngest member of our crew, my friend’s daughter, thoroughly enjoyed the John Teague greenway. This greenway runs behind the West Side YMCA and ends at West Hills Elementary School. Both of these locations had multiple playgrounds suitable for children of varying ages. It wasn’t a very long walk, but it was an enjoyable one. I would definitely recommend this greenway to anyone with children or any amateur bicycle enthusiast. Our next trip on our quest to see the parks and greenways of Knoxville was the Cove at Concord Park. When we first pulled up, I felt totally relaxed. This park is so calming! It is actually located in a Cove off Fort Loudon Lake. The first thing I noticed was that this would be an excellent place to catch some fish if I had my rod, but this was not the day for fishing. There was a very nice beach area for everyone to swim and it is roped off, so I know the little ones won’t go too far out. There is even a playground, a sand volleyball court and you can rent a canoe or kayak! I also learned about the Second Saturday Concerts at the Cove. That is a definite return trip to the Cove at Concord Park on the second Saturday of the month throughout the summer! I have had two wonderful experiences at the greenways and parks in Knoxville over the last couple of Saturdays. I think we will definitely make this a regular Saturday trip to enjoy all that Knoxville has to offer this summer. Not only will I get some exercise, but I have had a wonderful time with my friends. Since there are so many parks and greenways in Knoxville, who knows where we will go next, but I am sure we will have a wonderful time enjoying them all!