Scripps Networks Donates New Overlook at Lakeshore Park

Nelson Byrd Woltz Hired as Architects for Project

The Lakeshore Park Board and Mayor Madeline Rogero announced today that Scripps Networks Interactive has donated $3,000,000 to Lakeshore Park for the construction of a new scenic overlook at Lakeshore Park to be named in honor of pioneering home and garden cable network HGTV.

Dee Haslam, the Lakeshore Park Board Chair, accepted the gift on behalf of the park.  “Scripps Networks Interactive has been a long time supporter of the park and has sponsored employee work days and other events at the park,” Haslam said.  “We are very excited Scripps has decided to increase its investment in the park.”

Haslam said the project will be located in the center of the park, on the hillside below the historic administration building.  The announcement was made from the project site.  The view from the site is considered one of the most spectacular views in the City of Knoxville.  It includes the special events field and lawns at the park and continues along the Tennessee River toward the Great Smoky Mountains.  The vista includes Chilhowee Mountain in the middle distance and some of the highest peaks of the Smokies, including Mount LeConte at 6,593 feet and Clingman’s Dome at 6,642 feet.

The site is already popular with park visitors, who can watch the sun rise over the Smokies or have lunch while enjoying the view.  The new facility will include seating areas and other architectural improvements on the upper level, with terraced gardens leading to the fields below.

Scripps Networks is a great asset for Knoxville and an outstanding corporate citizen, and I am very grateful for this generous donation in HGTV’s name to develop the Lakeshore Park overlook,” said Mayor Madeline Rogero. “This overlook will serve as a front porch for all of us to enjoy our community’s natural splendor, and it highlights the value of conserving our precious land.”

The HGTV project will be designed by Thomas Woltz of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, a 45-person firm with offices in Charlottesville, Virginia, and New York City.  The firm has designed major public parks across the United States, Canada and New Zealand, including Memorial Park in Houston, Hudson Yards in New York City, the Aga Khan Garden in Alberta, Canada and three parks in Nashville, including the new master plan for Centennial Park.  The firm is known for its innovative design and its commitment to environmental stewardship.  The project is scheduled for completion in Summer 2019.

Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading developer of lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and other platforms.  Its HGTV network has been based in Knoxville since it went on the air in December 1994.  Scripps’ lifestyle portfolio includes HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively reach more than 190 million consumers each month.  Scripps Networks has over 1000 employees in the Knoxville area and over 3500 employees worldwide.

Ken Lowe, the founder of HGTV and Chairman, President & CEO of Scripps Networks Interactive, presented the $3,000,000 check on behalf of the company.  “I believe one of the most important ingredients in the recipe of success for HGTV has been its Knoxville home,” said Lowe. “We’ve spent more than two decades inspiring people’s love of home and garden, and now we’re honored to memorialize that in this beautiful spot to be enjoyed by East Tennesseans for years to come.”

Lakeshore Park is the most utilized public green space in Knoxville. The park’s 185 acres welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who use its walking trails, athletic fields, playgrounds, farmers market, event spaces and open green areas and enjoy the river and mountain views.

Enclosures: Photos:

  • HGTV overlook project location
  • View from the terrace at the HGTV area of Lakeshore Park

   Photos by Doug Griffey

Site map of HGTV project location

Phase 1A Master Plan

Phase 1A Master Plan with HGTV location highlighted

About Lakeshore Park

Lakeshore Park is a non-profit Section 501(c)(3) corporation that manages construction and operation of the 185-acre park on behalf of the City of Knoxville.  Funds contributed to Lakeshore Park’s capital campaign and annual fundraising programs go toward improvement of the park and enhanced maintenance of the park facilities and landscaping.

The park includes three miles of walking trails, baseball fields, soccer fields, pavilions, restrooms, picnic areas, special events fields and other improvements. For more information, please visit

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