TVA Retirees Help Create Community Park

“TVA Today”

A group of TVA retirees recently spent a day at the future Collier Preserve Park, cleaning trash and brush in the Powell Community in Knox County, Tennessee.

Legacy Parks Foundation is developing a 12-acre natural area that adjoins Beaver Creek, Emory Road and the Powell Branch Library. The former homestead was donated to Legacy Parks by Dr. Bob Collier in December 2016.

Left to right: DeWitt Burleson, Larry Fraker, Allen Mays, Randy Graham, Bill Mason, Reid Hartsell and Dave Hankins. Not shown: Sandy Henderson, Reny McClain Lee

According to Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation, the vision for Collier Preserve Park is to create a place for nature exploration and quiet reflection.

Key features of the park will include walking trails, native plants and wetlands, benches and bird boxes, interpretive signs and a kayak rest stop on Beaver Creek.

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DeWitt Burleson and Bill Mason

Once the property is transformed into a public preserve, it will become a county park, maintained by Knox County Parks and Recreation.

TVARA provided funding for trail benches for Collier Preserve and six additional parks in the Knoxville area. Volunteers also participated in the Collier Preserve Park cleanup in November. TVA employees and retirees partnered in identifying native species, clearing trails, pulling privet hedge and removing fencing and trash.

Together, current and former TVA employees are helping the Valley live brighter. To learn more about other community improvement projects organized by TVA retirees, visit the TVARA website at