"Get Out and Play with Dr. Bob" is a joint effort to raise awareness about neighborhood parks and to address Tennessee's rising childhood obesity epidemic. The series is presented by the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, Knoxville Parks and Recreation, Legacy Parks Foundation, and WBIR TV-10. Featured on WBIR TV-10, Dr. Bob Overholt's monthly "Get Out and Play with Dr. Bob" series presents a virtual tour and health guide to Knoxville parks.
In these short "Get Out and Play" videos produced by PME Communications, Dr. Bob encourages local residents on ways that they can be active and healthy in our parks. Live productions will be announced monthly on WBIR TV-10.
The first of Dr. Bob's featured videos highlights the West Hills Park. Among its many amenities, a major portion of the 4.5 mile Jean Teague Greenway runs through the park connecting West Hills Elementary to the Carmike Wynnsong Theater off of N. Peters Rd.
Next in the series, Dr. Bob visits the peaceful 275-acre wildlife sanctuary at Ijams Nature Center. Along with an array of exhibits and a museum store, there are over 10 miles of multi-use trails and a beautiful quarry. From it's start at Island Home Park, the 3.6 mile Will Skelton Greenway winds through the wooded sanctuary, then skirts the Tennessee River on its journey over to Forks of the River WMA. The programs and events at Ijams connects adults and children with the natural world. At Ijams, visitors of all ages and ability can hike, bike, paddle, stroll, learn or simply enjoy the day.
Dr. Bob's visit to Victor Ashe Park features the beautiful grounds that welcome wonderful family outings and picnics with a large playground, new sand volleyball courts, and horseshoe pits. The 18-hole disc golf course was voted "Best Disc Golf Course in the South" by Disc Golf Magazine while the dog park was recognized by Dog Fancy Magazine. Other amenities include a two-acre lake stocked with fish for an annual Father's Day event, miles of paved greenways and mulch trails for cross-country allowing for plenty of opportunities to become active. The park's epicenter boasts a top-notch, four-field soccer complex that hosted the AYSO National Championships this year. Get Out and Play at this beautiful 125-acre park in North Knoxville.
Follow Dr. Bob to Tyson Park, a great place to enjoy a family picnic, study by a natural creek, or compete in a tennis match. Residing near the University of Tennessee's campus in Downtown-West Knoxville, Tyson Park provides a wide array of recreational opportunities to Knoxvillians. Third Creek Greenway, which connects to Neyland and Bearden Greenways, is a popular place to run, walk, and bike.
The park boasts one of Knoxville's largest accessible playgrounds, two softball fields, 14 tennis courts, 3 large shelters, and accessible restrooms. Tyson Park is also the site for Knoxville's first Skate Park, which is a Tony Hawk Foundation designated skate park. Tony Hawk himself paid a visit to the Knoxville Skate Park in October 2010.
Last on the 2012 tour of Knoxville's Parks and Greenways, Dr. Bob visits Holston River Park and Greenway in East Knoxville. There are three easily accessible fishing piers that make this park one of Knoxville's best fishing destinations. A canoe boat launch is also on the water for those looking to enjoy a nice day on the Holston River, which feeds into the Tennessee River. The park possesses many options perfect for active exercise. A large multipurpose field, ample green space, and playground are all located in the center of the park.
For those looking to relax and indulge in the park's scenery, Holston River Park has two large picnic shelters, two gazebos, five small hip shelters and several park swings overlooking the river. Restrooms are conveniently located near the park's largest shelter. Meandering through the 44-acre park, the Holston River Greenway totals two miles and includes a loop surrounding the soccer field. The greenway is a great place to walk, run, bike, skate, and roller-blade. The new off-leash PetSafe dog park with separate sections for large and small dogs was opened this summer.
"Dr. Bob," as he is known to both patients and viewers, is host of the long-running Dr. Bob Show, which airs regionally on 10News2 and the East Tennessee PBS affiliate. He has been a member of the WBIR-TV family for more than 20 years, appearing twice each week on local news programs.
Get Out & Play Video Series:
Ijams Nature Center and the Will Skelton Greenway
West Hills Park and the Jean Teaque Greenway
Victor Ashe Park and the Victor Ashe Greenway
Tyson Park and the Third Creek Greenway
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 November 2012 10:23
Get out and Play! Whatever activity you enjoy the most or want to learn — Knoxville is the place for outdoor fun! We're rich in parks, natural areas, blueways and greenways. There are rocks to climb, caves to explore and trails to wander. Something for families, individuals, kids and pets. Join a club or meetup group for outings and to learn new skills. Don't forget to check out our event calendar — there's always something happening!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 08:44
There are as many ways to ride a bicycle as there are roads and trails to ride on… saddle up your favorite steed to enjoy an on or off road cycling adventure!
Greenways provide cyclists an off-road riding opportunity whether on paved surfaces or on natural surfaces. Greenways often run along natural features like rivers, streams, ridgelines and hilltops. They connect and protect natural areas and enhance surrounding communities. Greenways often link neighborhoods to schools, parks, historical sites, as well as other communities. Knoxville currently boasts over 65 miles of greenway loops and trails. Knoxville's linear greenways connect with the greenways in the Town of Farragut and Blount County, adding additional miles of scenic travel.
The mountain biker in East Tennessee can choose an off-road adventure on a wide variety of trails on a sundry of terrain. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced rider that wants to ride something easy or challenging, there's an off-road trail to fit your style. Knoxville has natural surface trails that are wide and relatively flat, to tight and twisty singletrack, to old dirt/gravel roadbeds, to grassy open fields. Whether under the canopy of the forest or riding across open fields, Knoxville offers a diverse system of trails with something for everyone.
Road cyling around Knoxville offers an almost endless ribbon of scenic country roads, relatively traffic-free, that meander through canopied woods and skirt open farmland. It's true that Knoxville’s hilly terrain offers a bit of a challenge for new riders but hang in there and you’ll be surprised how quickly your endurance increases. If you aren’t familiar with the bicycle friendly roads in our area, you might want to join one of the local bicycle club or shop rides and explore the area with other cyclists. A good resource guide to routes in our area is Bicycling Routes Around Knoxville which features 40 scenic routes with detailed cue sheets and maps.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 May 2013 16:01
One disc is all you need to get started! As your skills advance, you may find yourself adding drivers, putters and mid-range discs to your bag. The game's lure is the constant challenge to throw a disc with power and accuracy. Aside being a fun social game, it’s a sport for all ages and all levels of fitness. The game is played much like traditional golf but with a Frisbee, or flying disc, in place of the golf ball and club. The disc is thrown from a tee area to a target, referred to as the “hole” (elevated metal basket with a metal chain net) with the main object to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. The Knoxville Disc Golf Club hosts tournaments and events for beginners and pros.
TOMMY SCHUMPERT PARK
This very technical 9-hole course is played in the woods with short and long tees, and some elevation changes. Future plans are to expand the 9-hole course to a full 18-holes.
VICTOR ASHE PARK
Gently rolling hills accent this tournament level 18-hole course of mostly open fairways. Features include large teepads, nice tee signs, and multiple pin placements. There is a practice putting basket, picnic table, and bulletin board near the 1st tee.
Oak Ridge at CARL YEARWOOD PARK
Oak Ridge at GROVES PARK (The Mounds)
Loudon at LOUDON MUNICIPAL PARK
Gatlinburg at MILLS PARK
Morristown at KIWANIS DISC GOLF COURSE at Wayne Hansard Park
Harriman at ROANE COUNTY PARK
Tee throws must be completed within or behind the designated tee area. Do not throw until the players in front of you are out of range.
The spot where the previous throw has landed, mark with a mini disc or turn over the thrown disc, directly towards the hole or dog leg.
After teeing off, the player whose disc is farthest from the hole always throws first. The player with the least amount of throws on the previous hole is the first to tee off on the next hole.
Fairway Throws :
Fairway throws must be made with the foot closest to the hole on the lie. The other foot may be no closer to the hole than the lie. A run-up and normal follow-through, after release, is allowed.
Completion Of Hole:
A disc that comes to rest in the basket or chains constitutes successful completion of that hole.
Any disc that comes to rest above the ground is considered an un-playable lie. The disc must be thrown from the lie on the ground, directly underneath the un-playable lie. Relocated to avoid damage to the vegetation.
Out Of Bounds:
A throw that lands out of bounds, must be played from a point 3 feet in bounds from where the disc went out of bounds. Permanent water hazards and public roads are always out of bounds.
Course Courtesy — Please pick up trash and help new players play by the rules.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 January 2013 13:23