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Check out these great opportunities around Knoxville

By Kathleen Gibi, Public Affairs Specialist, City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation

Summer Playground Program

The City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation Division hosts its Summer Playground Program, open to Knoxville residents, at each of its 14 recreation centers located in all sections of Knoxville. This program provides a wide variety of recreational activities, including swimming, canoeing and field trips to the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center. Participants are provided lunch each day at certain locations. For more information, call (865) 215-1414.
Ages: 6-12 years of age (Must be 6 years old by June 4)
Costs: $20 one time fee for entire summer
Dates: June 4-29, 2012 and July 9-July 26, 2012 (No Summer Camp July 4-8)
Times: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday

Tour De Fleur Walks

The City of Knoxville and Knox County’s Parks and Recreation Departments are again offering an event series that combines walking with an opportunity to learn more about wildflowers. All Tour de Fleur walks will be held on Saturdays at 10am and will be led by a nature guide. Walks are free and appropriate for all skill levels.

May 5: Victor Ashe Park (meet at the pavilion)
June 2: Ten Mile Creek Greenway starting at Walker Springs Park
July 7: Will Skelton Greenway starting at Ijams Nature Center
August 4: Holston River Park starting at main shelter
September 8: Halls Greenway (meet at the Halls Library)
October 6: Ten Mile Creek Greenway starting at the Wynsong Theater Parking Area

Get out on local trails with Missy Kane and legacy parks

Missy starts hiking this summer in cooperation with the Legacy Parks Foundation, the City of Knoxville, and Knox County for a series of hikes on local trails. Bring a bottle of water and a light snack for energy. Thompson Cancer Survival Center will supply sunscreen in case you forget to bring your own. City of Knoxville and Knox County Parks and Recreation officials will join you on the walks.

June 6: James White Greenway to the Alex Haley Statue – starting at Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center
June 13: New Harvest Park
June 20: Frozen Head State Park (more difficult) or Victor Ashe Park (less cumbersome)
June 27: Concord Park Trails
July 11: Forks of the River beginning at Ijams Nature Center
July 18: Fort Dickerson Greenway at the Augusta Rd entrance
July 24: House Mountain Natural Area

Nordic Walking at the Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center

Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking (also called pole walking) involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Two poles provide countless benefits:

  • Strengthen your upper body and create resistance to build better bone density
  • Burn 46% more calories than regular walking without poles
  • Pump up your cardio by increasing oxygen consumption
  • Great workout without perceived exertion

Free if you have poles or $5 if you need poles. Call River Sports Outfitters to reserve your spot: 865-523-0066. May 14 & 28, June 4 & 25, July 2

Ijams Nature Center Walks

Ijams Nature Center offers many guided walks and hikes on the diverse property. Enjoy wildflower walks, nightly owl walks, and much more. Walks are free to hikers with an Ijams Nature Center membership, non-members can participate at a nominal fee.
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