Spring City aims to boost tourism with new group | New
The town of Spring City is one of five Tennessee River communities that have been accepted for the 2022 cohort of the Tennessee RiverTowns program as part of the Tennessee RiverLine, North America’s next major regional trail system.
âThe City of Spring City has applied to be part of the Tennessee RiverTowns program because our vision is to create a healthy community that provides a better quality of life for all who live and visit our area,â officials said. âWe are so lucky to live along a natural resource like the Watts Bar Reservoir segment of the Tennessee River. And we believe the Tennessee RiverTowns program will help advance our efforts to create a healthy community and help enhance and preserve our great natural resource. “
By partnering with the Tennessee RiverLine under the Tennessee RiverTowns program, the community will benefit from opportunities for economic development and entrepreneurship, quality of life amenities, equitable access to health-enhancing river experiences public and natural resource management.
Through the program, the Town of Spring City will be able to promote a strong recreational tourism economy for our region and help support local businesses. The program is a three-step initiative that facilitates collaboration between registered communities and Tennessee RiverLine staff. In the third stage, the communities will obtain the official designation of Tennessee RiverTown as part of the Tennessee RiverLine.
The Tennessee RiverLine is an initiative to create a continuous system of paddling, hiking and biking experiences along the 652 mile reach of the Tennessee River. With the support of its key partners, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the Tennessee RiverLine engages riparian communities through a range of programs, events and opportunities to realize this vision, including through through the Tennessee RiverTowns multi-year program.
Selection criteria for the program included a demonstrated understanding of the Tennessee RiverLine vision and guiding principles, as well as the local partnerships necessary to maintain an applicant’s participation in the program. Any community in Tennessee River can apply for future cohorts. Communities that were unable to apply to the Tennessee RiverTowns program this year may apply during future registration periods beginning in the summer of 2022.
The Tennessee RiverLine originated from UT’s School of Landscape Architecture, co-hosted by the College of Architecture and Design and the Herbert College of Agriculture. Today it is run by a full-time staff within the school with assistance from the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership and continued strong financial support from TVA and UT Knoxville.
âEighty-eight years ago, when TVA set out to build dams that made the Tennessee River navigable, controlled flooding and created electricity, the dream of a 652 regional trail system miles would have been unthinkable, but today that vision is coming to fruition. eventually, âsaid Allen Clare, vice president, River and Resources Stewardship. âIt is the one that TVA is proud to support financially and with the expertise of the members of the team who daily manage the river and its 11,000 miles of shores.