KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A ride through the woods is something most people take for granted, but for people who use a wheelchair or have difficulty walking, it could be a dream come true.
That's why Legacy Parks is working to build the region's first accessible trail on Sharp's Ridge in Knoxville.
The trail is being built specifically for disabled riders on adaptive bikes and will be part of the new 42-acre Sharp's Ridge Playspace.
Once it is open, if someone wants to try out the trail but doesn't have the specialized equipment, they will get to rent it! Legacy Parks received a grant that will allow them to buy the gear and has worked out a deal with the nearby Fountain City Peddler to manage the rentals.
The Playspace will also offer a natural playground, bike skills area, a network of trails to connect into the existing trail system.
Right now they are in the design phase on the trail, figuring out the layout, the elevation, and any obstacles. They hope to start the actual construction on the trail and the park In the next three to weeks.
If all goes well, Legacy Parks is aiming for late Spring or early Summer to open.