Volunteer Landing Background

History of Volunteer Landing

The site of the Holston Treaty, Volunteer Landing was destined to become a waterfront destination that residents and visitors of Knoxville could enjoy daily. In 1988, a Waterfront Task Force was established to study and develop recommendations for the protection, enhancement, and development of the sever-mile stretch of waterfront space along the Tennessee River. One of the Task Force's main objectives was to establish a waterfront Greenway system to that would include landscaping, historical markers, lighting, maintenance policies, and a clean-up campaign. From these objectives, Volunteer Landing became a three phase project that included public and private developments. The project broke ground in 1995, consisting primarily of public park improvements. Today, Volunteer Landing is a great place to take a quiet jog or walk along the waterfront or to host a small to medium sized event.

In 2007, the Public Building Authority assumed management responsibility for the Landing and maintains the grounds and water features as they are seen today. It is also a great place for a small to medium sized event, although many larger special events have taken place there. The main area of the Landing consists of the Tower just west of Calhoun's, the grassy circle, and the areas around the geysers and waterfalls. This space can accommodate small to medium sized special events, The Tower has two concession stands, however, only the west concession stand is accessible to those using the Landing as an event venue; the other houses the River Sports Outfitters' Bike Rental Shop.

Public Building Authority

In 1971, Knox County and the City of Knoxville collaborated to create the Public Building Authority of County of Knox and the City of Knoxville, Tennessee (the PBA). The Certificate of Incorporation of the PBA was filed with the Secretary of the State of Tennessee on July 20, 1971. Over the years the Public Building Authority has implemented cooperative and individual projects for Knox County and the City of Knoxville and other affiliated entities like the Knox County Board of Education and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority.

Here are just a few of the activities for which the PBA has premiere responsibility:

  • Construction, management, operation and lease of various public facilities owned by the PBA.
  • Construction, management and operation of facilities owned by Knox County and the City of Knoxville.
  • Specification, acquisition, maintenance, operation and supervision of telephone/ telecommunications infrastructure owned by Knox County and/or the City of Knoxville.
  • Provision of telecommunications consultation and advice to Knox County and the City of Knoxville.

The involvement of the PBA in a project may be structured in one of the following four ways:

  • PBA can own and construct the project.
  • The municipality may own the project and the PBA will construct the project pursuant to an operating agreement. Construction and professional contracts are then in the PBA's name.
  • The municipality can own the project and the PBA can oversee construction as an agent for the municipality. The construction and professional contracts are then in the municipality's name.
  • PBA may act as a consultant, advisor, and/or expert in completing studies, project plans, and similar activities pertaining to a particular enterprise.

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