Viewing greenways as a strategic economic and community investment, Knox County, Tennessee, called on Gresham Smith to establish a clear vision for an expansion of its existing park and trail system. Nestled in the Great Valley of East Tennessee and just north of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knox County is home to the state’s third-largest city. Capitalizing on community assets and expanding the existing greenway system can not only benefit residents’ quality of life, but also bring a positive economic impact to the region. After about a year’s worth of research and planning, Gresham Smith (in partnership with IBI Placemaking) completed the Knox County Greenway Corridor Study, establishing a framework of greenways across five key corridors. The designated corridors span through rural and urban parts of Knox County, increasing connectivity and accessibility for all residents to the places they live, work, learn and play. The recommendations from the study will be used by Knox County to help assist in accessing funding to build future greenways.
miles of proposed greenway
rounds of community meetings