Panther Park was unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony held by the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and the Knoxville Wellness Coalition on June 27.
The ribbon cutting celebrated the completion of Panther Park’s first phase of construction. The event was part of Knoxville Chamber of Commerce’s “Out for Lunch” initiative, which encourages community members to eat their lunch outside while on their lunch break.
“We really wanted to collaborate with the Wellness Committee and Knoxville Schools to host an Out for Lunch that coincided with the ribbon cutting to celebrate this great new park that’s here,” said Chamber of Commerce Director Hannah Vander Veer.
Panther Park features a patio with picnic tables, a fire pit and flower planters with built-in benches. Upon its completion, there will also be a musical playground. The first piece of equipment is arriving soon, with the hope to add more pieces in the future.
The park will also feature several life-size board games, including a 16-foot checkerboard. There will also be a giant Connect Four game, as well as tic-tac-toe, dominoes, Yahtzee and Jenga.
Future plans for Panther Park include an edible orchard, community garden and renovated community basketball court. Additional phases for the park will be completed in the upcoming weeks.
Community members at the ribbon cutting were able to bring their own lunch to Panther Park or purchase a meal from Hy-Vee’s on-location grill. Music was also provided by KNIA/KRLS Lil’ Big Red Radio.
Panther Park is located on the northwest side of the Knoxville Community School District Administration building. Out for Lunch is held on the fourth Thursday of every month. Next month's Out for Lunch will be held at Aulds Park.