The new front door to Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness transforms an underutilized four-lane highway into a continuous 2-mile, 113-acre linear park linking neighborhoods throughout South Knoxville and Downtown Knoxville to the regional outdoor recreation venue.

Location: Knoxville, Tn
Client: City of Knoxville
Awards: 2019 ASLA Tennessee Merit Award; 2019 AIA Philadelphia Merit Award; 2018 ASLA Illinois Burnham Planning Award

In the 1980’s, TDOT constructed a 2-mile portion of James White Parkway, a seldom used four-lane highway extending from Downtown Knoxville south across the Tennessee River where it terminates in a dead-end. PORT, in partnership with local collaborators, worked with the City of Knoxville to develop a framework plan for the future of the James White Parkway as a linear parkway and gateway to the Urban Wilderness, a spectacular 1000-acre outdoor adventure area. Since the completion of the framework plan, PORT has continued working with the City of Knoxville through design and construction documents on the implementation of Phase 1- now under construction- and obtaining support, approvals, and funding for future project phases.

Consultant Team: PORT; Sanders Pace Architecture; Vaughn & Melton, Equinox; Gresham Smith

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