History of Volunteer Landing
The site of the Holston Treaty, Volunteer Landing was destined to become a waterfront destination that residents and visitors of Knoxville could enjoy daily. In 1988, a Waterfront Task Force was established to study and develop recommendations for the protection, enhancement, and development of the sever-mile stretch of waterfront space along the Tennessee River. One of the Task Force's main objectives was to establish a waterfront Greenway system to that would include landscaping, historical markers, lighting, maintenance policies, and a clean-up campaign.
From these objectives, Volunteer Landing became a three phase project that included public and private developments. The project broke ground in 1995, consisting primarily of public park improvements. Today, Volunteer Landing is a great place to take a quiet jog or walk along the waterfront or to host a small to medium sized event.
In 2007, the Public Building Authority assumed management responsibility for the Landing and maintains the grounds and water features as they are seen today. It is also a great place for a small to medium sized event, although many larger special events have taken place there. The main area of the Landing consists of the Tower just west of Calhoun's, the grassy circle, and the areas around the geysers and waterfalls. This space can accommodate small to medium sized special events, The Tower has two concession stands, however, only the west concession stand is accessible to those using the Landing as an event venue.
PARK PATROL: (865) 215-2246
The park is staffed by Park Patrol officers at all times. Emergency phones are located throughout the park. All visitors are subject to video monitoring while on these premises.
- No skateboarding
- Keep pets on leashes and curb your pet
- No littering
- No pets allowed in the fountain
- Vending, solicitation or use of alcoholic beverages without proper permits is prohibited
- Use of charcoal grills is prohibited
- Glass containers are prohibited in the fountain area only
- Cleats/spikes are not allowed on the lawn
- No swimming or wading in the lake
- Vehicles are not allowed on the lawns/sidewalks without permission (865) 254-1534