Cradle of Country Music Park

Parks and Recreation Director

Sheryl Ely
(865) 215-4311

Lakeshore Park
5930 Lyons View Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919

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• .44 acre
KATRoute 22 or Green Line Trolley - Summit Hill at Gay St.
 City Council District: 6
Cradle of Country Music Park 

204 S. Gay St.
Knoxville, TN 37902


Directions: From I-40, take exit 388A onto TN-158 West/James White Parkway; in .4 miles take exit for W Summit Hill Drive; in .2 miles turn right onto Gay Street.

Cradle of Country Music Park

This nearly half acre triangle shaped park sits at the corner of Summit Hill Drive and Gay Street and has been the location of temporary art from the Dogwood Art's Arts in Public Places program.

The park is now in the process of being redesigned under the guidance of the City's Public Arts Committee and RFP process. The committee invited artists to submit their qualifications to create an iconic, site-specific piece of permanent public art to be installed in the Cradle of Country Music Park downtown to help transform the key public space at Summit Hill Drive and Gay Street. Deadline for submitting proposals was January 2018.


In 1986 the Cradle of Country Music Park was developed to recognize Knoxville's role in the promotion of Country music and is included on the East Tennessee Historical Society's self-guided walking tour. The Knoxville News Sentinel donated the original 18-foot sculpture of a musical treble clef to commemorate the newspaper's 100th anniversary. In 2009 the treble clef sculpture, made of fiberglass and metal, was deteriorated beyond repair and removed. The City stated that there would be a public process to discuss the future use of the park.


1.) For the protection of our park and the safety of its users, the following are prohibited:
  • No alcoholic beverages
  • No open fires
  • No hitting golf balls anywhere in the park
  • No motorized vehicles in park
  • No equestrian activity
2.) Per city ordinance, all animals must be maintained on a leash.
3.) Please be respectful of other trail users
4.) Please help to keep our parks beautiful by disposing trash in proper receptacles.
5.) Hours - Open dawn to dusk unless otherwise posted.