For more information about "Get out and Play with Dr. Bob visit www.OutdoorKnoxville.com
(Information provided by Kathleen Gibi with The City of Knoxville)
Each month, Dr. Bob Overholt highlights different parks and greenways in Knoxville. The latest area to be highlighted for July-August is Ijams Nature Center & Will Skelton Greenway in South Knoxville.
"Get Out & Play with Dr. Bob" is a series that takes residents on a virtual tour and shows them the health benefits offered at Knoxville Parks. The program was created to address the state of Tennessee's obesity epidemic and is presented by the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, Knoxville Parks and Recreation, the Legacy Park Foundation's Outdoor Knoxville Center, and WBIR TV-10.
PME Communications is producing the short "Get Out and Play" videos with Dr. Bob advising Knoxvillians on ways to stay active and healthy in our parks. The monthly videos are featured on the OutdoorKnoxville.com web site and are announced live each month on WBIR TV-10.
July's feature is Ijams Nature Center and Will Skelton Greenway in South Knoxville. Will Skelton Greenway connects 3.5 miles to approximately 1,000 acres of public land. Ijams Nature Center is a wildlife sanctuary that rests at the center of this greenway and provides over 10 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. Bike rentals are available as well as canoe and paddleboard rentals on Mead's Quarry Lake.
Ijams has other breathtaking features including a football field-length boardwalk over the Tennessee River that highlights several bat caves, a kids play area with miniature cabins and fairy thicket houses, the Ross Marble Quarry, a large frog pond, and much more.
Will Skelton Greenway also connects to the TWRA Wildlife Management Area, which features acres of sunflower fields in July.
To view the official "Get Out and Play with Dr. Bob" videos, please visit www.OutdoorKnoxville.com . For more information on Knoxville parks and greenways, please visit www.cityofknoxville.org/recreation .