Chilhowee Park Mural
This is a mural painted the summer of 2016. Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tn 2016
The project represents collaboration of six neighborhood associations in Chilhowee Park’s vicinity—Parkridge, Chilhowee, Williams Creek, Burlington, Beaman Lake and Holston Hills—who sought help from East Tennessee Quality Growth.
At the 2014 Annual Neighborhoods Conference hosted by the City’s Office of Neighborhoods, Jerry Caldwell of Parkridge approached East Tennessee Quality Growth Executive Director, Julie Graham, about bringing an amenity to the area that would highlight Chilhowee Park.
“We’ve been looking for ways to implement what’s known as ‘creative place making’ and this project provided an opportunity to do so while highlighting an asset that is so important to Knoxville’s history,” said Graham.
The neighborhoods and Graham strategized with City staff at Chilhowee Park, The Muse (Knoxville’s discovery center located in Chilhowee Park), and the Tennessee Valley Fair organizers to brainstorm a project that would both beautify the facility and commemorate the public venue’s historic significance.
Graham established a handful of grants and sponsoring partners to make the project possible, including East Tennessee Foundation, the Tennessee Arts Commission Place Making Grant, and the First Tennessee Foundation.
City officials are currently working on plans to upgrade Chilhowee Park. Graham says East Tennessee Quality Growth is still pursuing other place making ideas for the site, including “discovery signs” that they hope will attract regular walkers from surrounding neighborhoods.