World's Fair Park Lawn closed until at least July

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The City of Knoxville has announced that a $3 million project to improve the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn gets underway next week.

The World's Fair Park performance lawn will be closed for five and a half months for the major upgrades.

The intent of the project is to provide a better guest experience and enhance services to event organizers through updated water and electrical service, improved lawn drainage system, and hardscape design and installation. One key improvement will be a new portable stage.

“We look forward to being able to add this venue to the choices of public sites available to groups looking to stage festivals and entertainment events,” said Judith Foltz, the City’s Director of Special Events. “And we’re excited that the new Performance Lawn will be ready in time for our Festival on the 4th celebration just 5½ months from now.”

The Performance Lawn will close for construction starting Monday, Jan. 14. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be diverted from a short section of Second Creek Greenway that crosses through the lawn; they will instead detour to a nearby trail east of the railroad tracks, near the World’s Fair Park Amphitheatre.