The Guard was one of more than 50 different organizations and individuals
that provided easements for the greenway ranging from homeowners
and businesses to schools, churches, the University of Tennessee
and the Knoxville Utilities Board.
The last .8-mile- phase of the 11-year-long greenway project stretches
from Tobler Lane by West High School to Forest Park Boulevard. The
last piece of the project, just a few dozen yards was completed
The entire Bearden Village Greenway travels from West High past
Westwood Drive to Bearden Elementary School. Additionally, the greenway
includes cross-street linkage on Westwood Dr., Mohican St., Lebanon
St., Mann Ave., and Tobler Lane.
With the completion of the final phase of the Bearden Village Greenway,
Knoxville residents now have nearly 15 miles of connected greenways
to use, stretching from Alex Haley Heritage Square to Bearden Elementary
"We're very proud of the Bearden Village Greenway project
because it took the cooperation of many groups in the community,
as well as a decades worth of planning and hard work by our employees
to make this happen," said Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam. "This
greenway will make this a stronger neighborhood and that, in turn,
strengthens our entire city."
Completion of the greenway required the acquisition of 53 easements.
Included among those partnering with the city in this project were
Bearden Elementary School, West High School, Highland Cemetery,
the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville Utilities Board, Bearden
United Methodist Church, Carlton Towers and CVS, as well as other
businesses and residents along Sutherland Avenue.
It took $2.2 million to complete the Bearden Village Greenway dating
back to 1996 when planning for the project began.
Barge Wagonner, Sumner and Canon designed the project, while the
City Engineering Department oversaw the construction, which was
completed by Southern Constructors Inc.
"Bearden Village Greenway serves many purposes for Knoxville
residents," explained Sam Anderson, Senior Director of Knoxville
Community and Neighborhood Services.
He noted that children in the area could walk to Bearden Elementary
and West High schools from their homes; residents have more trails
available for exercise, and the East and West Knoxville communities
connected through our greenway system.
"This project was long and difficult," Anderson said.
"But it was well worth it, considering the benefits that Knoxville
residents will receive from the new greenway."
To help celebrate of the near 15-mile network of connected greenways
(including Morningside, James White, Neyland, Third Creek, Sequoyah,
and Bearden Village greenways), Haslam announced the CrossKnox 15K
Race, or the Xknox race.
The race, run entirely on the Knoxville greenway system, will
travel from Alex Haley Heritage Square to Bearden Elementary School.
Joe Walsh, Deputy Director of Knoxville Parks and Recreation and
a runner himself, expects a great turnout for the event.
"This race is one-of-a-kind for Knoxville," he said,
explaining that runners will be picked up by buses and returned
to Alex Haley Heritage Square after they complete the point-to-point
"We look at this race as an opportunity to showcase our greenway
system," said Haslam. "Racers will receive the grand tour
of our largest stretch of connected greenways, enjoying some the
scenic beauty that Knoxville has to offer."
The CrossKnox 15K Race will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2007.
For more information about the route, please visit www.cityofknoxville.org/greenways