Former Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe has pledged $50,000 to the city to help purchase additional land at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville. The park was one of several Ashe established during his 16 years as mayor. It is not clear where the park expansion ranks in city park priorities; that will await this year's capital budget when it is sent to City Council. The 115-acre park is off Pleasant Ridge Road near Northwest Middle School and features picnic shelters and soccer and football fields.
Ashe has also told Knoxville CAC he will donate $100,000 toward the renovation of the outside of the L.T. Ross building on Western Avenue if CAC can raise the other $250,000.
Since returning to Knoxville after serving as ambassador to Poland, Ashe has occupied his time supporting his interest in parks, greenways, the environment, and improving the appearance of public buildings. And, of course, harassing KUB over their tree-trimming program.