December 21, 2004 - Mayor Bill Haslam today dedicated Victor Ashe Park in northwest
Knoxville in a ceremony attended by the Ambassador to Poland and his
115-acre park is located on Bradshaw Road, and includes a picnic shelter,
playground, trails, concession stand and open space suitable for a wide
range of activities.
Coinciding with the park's dedication is completion of the Bradshaw
Road redesign. The $1.1 million project included widening and straightening
Bradshaw Road, removing a dangerous blind hill, and adding sidewalks.
Turn lanes were also created on Bradshaw to provide safer access at
its intersection with Ball Camp Pike and Pleasant Ridge Road.
"This new City of Knoxville park is already proving popular
with surrounding neighborhoods and the recreation community,"
noted Mayor Haslam. "With the completion of construction on Bradshaw
Road access to the park is much easier and safer."
The park was named by City Council in December 2001 in honor of Ashe,
who completed his tenure as Mayor of Knoxville two years later. President
Bush last April nominated Ashe to serve as Ambassador to Poland.
Property for the $4.5 million park was acquired in 1999, and local
architectural firm Bullock Smith & Partners created its design.
Contractor was Phillips & Jordan Inc., also of Knoxville.
The park was the site for cross-country meets and a soccer tournament
last fall. Construction on Bradshaw Road was completed earlier this