#dogtag – Sniffing Out the Local Greenways

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lila   a dog blog by Lila Cannon & Cannon’s “Consulting Canine”

Hello, Everyone!

Today is a very special day because I am going to let you in on a very special secret:  I, Lila, am covered in fur.  I know, I know.  This is a shock to you.  That’s right, I have a glorious glossy coat of fur all over my body.

Having a lot of fur has its advantages year-round.  In the summer, I can get pretty hot if I’m romping around outside all day, so I can make an excuse to go jump in some water and play (Labs are engineered for the water, you know).  In the winter, I don’t get as cold as my two-leggers do, so I can run around and play longer before getting overheated.

When the weather starts getting colder, one of my favorite things to do is to explore trails and greenways.  I ESPECIALLY enjoy all the smells and the small animals I can chase!  I’ve learned a little bit about Knoxville’s greenways through the two-leggers who work with Pedestrian Facilities here at Cannon & Cannon.  However, being the inquisitive canine that I am, I decided to do a little more research.

(photo:  outdoorknoxville.com)So, what is a greenway?  Essentially:

“a greenway is a linear open space established along either a natural corridor … or overland along a railroad right-of-way converted to recreational use, [rivers], scenic road or other route. It is a natural or landscaped course for pedestrian or bicycle passage; an open-space connector linking parks, nature reserved, cultural features, or historic sites with each other and populated areas.”1

There are many types of greenways, dependent on the need based on the surrounding area.  At Cannon & Cannon, my humans like to work on sidewalks, crosswalks, greenways, bike lanes and bike trails.  Did you know there are at least 86 miles of paved greenway in Knoxville and too many miles to count of unpaved trails in the area for anyone to enjoy?!  Can you imagine how many different smells…

Ahem, anyway!  Greenways are pretty important.  Not only are they a place where you can ride your bike or walk with a dog, but you can stay safer while you do it.  Greenways are also often surrounded by nature, and often help improve air and water quality.  People of all ages can even explore the areas around greenways and learn more about nature and the environment!2  Also, there tend to be squirrels.  Greenways are important for your pup to chase observe squirrels in their natural habitat.

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(photo: CityofKnoxville.org)

There are many great resources for learning more about greenways here in Knoxville.

CityofKnoxville.org provides lots of links to information about bicycle routes, the City’s Transportation Planning Organization, commissions and foundations that support greenways and trails, and even a map of all the greenways in Knoxville!  How cool is that?!

KnoxCounty.org has a list of the greenways, along with short descriptions and parking information for each one!

Legacy Parks Foundation works to enhance and preserve our area’s natural beauty and open spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Ijams Nature Center’s mission is “to encourage stewardship of the natural world by providing an urban greenspace for people to learn about and enjoy the outdoors through engaging experiences.”

For those riding bikes, Outdoor Knoxville gives information about greenways, as well as recommended etiquette for cyclists to use while riding.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is not based locally, but you can find a lot of really cool information about different types of trail and greenway surfaces and how people everywhere are working to make trails and greenways beautiful and clean for everyone to enjoy.

Do you ever enjoy the trails and greenways in your own neck of the woods?  Do you have a furry friend who you take (or will be taking) with you?  What’s your favorite greenway?

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Until next time,

Lila #dogtag

1http://connectwithtn.com/what-is-a-greenway/

2http://www.americantrails.org/resources/benefits/BenefitsGrnwy.html