The Knoxville Battlefield Loop comprises 600-acres of post-industrial landscapes and historic landmarks, including three (Union) civil war defense fortifications and a battlefield site.
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Knoxville Battlefield Loop
PORT was commissioned to develop a framework plan for 600-acres of forest overlooking the Tennessee River in South Knoxville. The territory includes underutilized assets such as three (Union) civil war defense fortifications; two naturally occurring lakes and a large quarry lake; a 200’ high bluff overlooking the University of Tennessee and Tennessee River below; as well a collection of informal trails that have emerged through the ad-hoc usage of the land. The project endeavors to preserve the land in this area of Knoxville for its environmental, recreational and cultural assets. The plan provides a framework for this activity by increasing accessibility to the territory through the establishment of a legible circulation network that connects the preserved territory back to the city at large. This network is punctuated by a series of collection areas, over-looks, and event spaces including swimming venues, outdoor classrooms, trails and trailheads, bridges, and a community amphitheater.
Architect: Sanders Pace Architecture
2018 ASLA Tennessee Merit Award
Landscape Planning + Design
In addition to increasing circulation within the Knoxville Battlefield Loop, it was vital to identify key access points. The plan provides a framework that increases accessibility to the territory through the establishment of a legible circulation network that connects the preserved territory back to the city at large.
The Knoxville Battlefield Loop is a significant natural and cultural amenity and is part of the greater Knoxville Urban Wilderness.
User Group Analysis
The planning team implemented an intense user group mapping exercise and conducted a comprehensive analysis of potential user groups. Ideal access points and routes for over 200 user groups across the 600-acre project area in order to create and establish a hierarchy for the trails, amenities and features related to their interests.
Art by Sentrock; Photo by Dillon Goodson