5-Year Improvement Plan

In this section:


Community Facilities

Parks and Recreation Facilities

  • Lincoln Park: acquire and develop land in the vicinity of the Lincoln Park Methodist Church
  • Oakwood: develop a renovation program for the 1914 school building and reclaim the remaining grounds for a neighborhood park
  • Fort Sanders: work with UT to establish a park at 16th Street and Laurel Avenue as identified in the Fort Sanders Neighborhood Plan
  • Caswell Park: implement Phase II improvements (recreation center and trail system)
  • New Hope Park: renovate the grounds and replace playground equipment
  • Christenberry Recreation Center: replace the air conditioning system
  • Malcolm Martin Park-Knoxville College: create a greenway trail through the park and around the college

Oakwood School

Oakwood school, built in 1914, is part of the heritage of the Central city and should be restored.

Lonsdale Neighborhood Park

By vacating Bragg Street, Lonsdale School and Park can be joined together as safer, larger open space.


  • Lonsdale: establish a greenbelt between Ameristeel and the neighborhood
  • Lonsdale Park and School: vacate Bragg Street, creating a superblock of school and park space; also renovate and expand the Lonsdale Recreation Center
  • Lonsdale Homes: create a new park to offset the loss of the old facility
  • Other greenways: see transportation section


Lonsdale Homes and Christenberry Heights renovations are included in KCDCís rehabilitation programs.



  • Continue maintenance and improvement programs
  • Maynard School: develop and implement a restoration plan, enhancing its educational purpose as an essential component of neighborhood revitalization; additionally, landscape the grounds, reclaiming asphalt areas as playground space
  • Oakwood School: find an alternative location for the Teacherís Supply Depot to create a neighborhood park and playground (also see park recommendations)
  • Rule High School: create a stabilization program to avoid further deterioration

Other facilities

  • Public Service Department: complex improvements and shop expansion
  • Fire Training Facility improvements


Building stronger neighborhoods
The following are priorities:

  • Pursue neighborhood conservation or historic preservation designations for Oakwood, Lincoln Park, the Chicago Avenue-Washington Pike area, the McCalla Avenue area, and Morningside-Prospect Place
  • Pursue historic overlay zoning for the 5th Avenue-Emory Place area; also, examine mixed use zoning for the area
  • Lonsdale: complete economic feasibility and design studies to create a shopping center/mixed use development, a park and a Gap Road connection
  • Mechanicsville: develop the grocery store across from the Church Green
  • Five Points: complete an economic feasibility study regarding commercial development and proceed with a revitalization program
  • Empowerment Zone housing programs: create a housing task force and pursue the EZ housing programs
  • Christenberry Heights: implement the renovation plan

Building a stronger economy

  • I-275 corridor: develop a strategic plan for industrial and business park development, addressing industrial access, parcel consolidation, environmental assessments and programming related to such amenities as a Second Creek greenway
  • Center City Business Park: continue land acquisition and redevelopment with public improvements as part of the project, including sidewalks, greenways and roads

Oakwood home

Some Oakwood property owners have already started to restore their early-20th century homes.


Central City home

Rehabilitation of Central City housing is a critical Empowerment Zone program.



Continuation of redevelopment programs in the Proctor Street and I-275 corridors, such as that of the News Sentinel, is vital to business park expansion and job creation.