Knox County Tennessee

Parks and Greenways Up For Adoption

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The mission of the ADOPT-A-PARK program is to engage Knox County citizens in helping to enhance our park system.


ADOPT-A-PARK is a volunteer program that recruits and trains residents to assist in the general care, supervision and maintenance of neighborhood parks and greenways. Sponsors help augment, rather than replace, publicly funded maintenance and provide a significant impact on the quality of life in our community.

ADOPT-A-PARK is an opportunity for businesses, community groups, organizations, families and civic-minded individuals to lend a hand in the preservation and beautification of our county parkland. It also helps educate the public about the importance of providing clean and safe parkland and trails for the enjoyment of all.

ADOPT-A-PARK is flexible to suit your philanthropic goals. Your time and effort are all that’s needed. However, financial contributions are also welcome and are fully tax-deductible.


  • Neighborhood associations
  • Corporations
  • Locally-owned businesses
  • Schools
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts
  • Fraternities and sororities
  • Clubs and service organizations
  • Recreation councils
  • Youth organizations


  • Host a minimum of three beautification projects during the months of May – September with at least 5 volunteer participants annually.
  • Two-year renewable commitment.
  • Complete the Park Improvement Permit Request Form and send to at least two weeks prior to your project.
  • Schedule appointment with Knox County Parks and Recreation’s Recreation Coordinator for cleanup supplies pick up prior to your project and return the equipment within 5 business days after project completion. The Parks and Recreation Department’s maintenance division has limited cleanup supplies available to loan on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Complete Park Inspection Form and send to within 5 days after each project completion.


Please check the “Up for Adoption” page to see what parks are available. Please contact the parks office at (865) 215-6600 to discuss potential parks. Once a good fit for a park is determined visit the “Application” page and complete the on-line form. For more information email us at



The ADOPT-A-PARK program contributes to community pride and promotes positive social interaction while establishing a healthy lifestyle.

You help enhance the quality of life in your community. Activity for a healthy lifestyle improves the physical and emotional well-being of participants.

Investing in communities where employees, customers or members live and work makes good business sense. Employee and member participation will create an atmosphere of social and economic concern through volunteerism and charitable giving. Help employees and members maintain a healthy lifestyle, contributing to better productivity and quality of life. Participation will increase organization name recognition and visibility.


  • Certificate of Adoption signed by the Director.
  • Designation as an official Adopt-A-Park Partner on the Knox County Parks and Recreation Department website, department publications and/or social media as a Knox County Parks Adopt-A-Park Partner.
  • On-site signage at adopted park, amenity, or trail recognizing business, community group, organization, family, or civic-minded individuals.”