The project was funded by a $571,250 federal TEA 21 grant, and
a $114,250 match by the City. Residents and Knox County Schools
donated the easements for the greenway.
Lose and Associates designed the project, while the City Engineering
Department oversaw the construction, completed by Southern Construction.
Completion of the project was expected six months earlier, but
was delayed due to a required FEMA permit for bridges along the
creek. FEMA's dealings with Hurricane Katrina delayed the processing
of the permit.
Some features of the greenway extension include the scenic route
along Third Creek, the pond in Victor Ashe Park, and three bridges
"This greenway is unique because the connection it creates
between three significant parks suddenly provides an abundance of
recreation," said Senior Director of Knoxville Community and
Neighborhood Services Sam Anderson, noting the 6 large soccer fields,
disc golf course, dog park, playgrounds, picnic shelters, 6 baseball
fields, football field, two tennis courts, roller hockey court,
and fishing pond that are all now connected by the new greenway
extension. Said Anderson, "This project has demonstrated the
full potential that greenways have of impacting a community."