Knoxville planning to build park to honor Zaevion Dobson
A spokesperson with the city of Knoxville said Monday a memorial park in the Lonsdale neighborhood is in the works to honor the late Zaevion Dobson.
Dobson, 15, died shielding two girls from gunfire in the Lonsdale area of Northwest Knoxville on Dec. 17, 2015.
City spokesperson Eric Vreeland said the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park will cost about $60,000.
Knoxville’s Community Development Corp. (KCDC) and Gerdau Steel are donating land for the park and $10,000 each.
Vreeland said Zenobia Dobson, Zaevion’s mother, suggested the area to provide more safe places for children to play.
KCDC will own and operate the playground.
A release from KCDC said crews will build the playground to appeal to children younger than 12 years old. KCDC said there are 217 children younger than age 12 in the Lonsdale Homes.
A public campaign is underway to raise another $40,000 for the park.
The Legacy Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization serving as the fiscal partner for the project.
Anyone wanting to contribute to the park can write a check addressed to Legacy Parks Foundation with “Zaevion Dobson Memorial Playground and Park” in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to 900 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915.
ESPN announced last week Zaevion Dobson will posthumously receive the Arthur Ashe Award at the ESPYs on July 13.
State lawmakers announced plans in April to name the Heiskell Avenue bridge over Interstate 275 in Knoxville as the Zaevion Dobson Memorial Bridge.