"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