In 1981, Charles Krutch, Tennessee Valley Authority photographer, at age 94, died with no surviving family members. His will specified a surprise $1.3 million gift to the city to be used for the development of an urban park. A contest was held for park designs based upon the interpretation of Krutch’s life and his plans for the park as specified in his will. The resulting one-acre area that bears the photographer’s name is a successful public glimpse of the way Krutch saw the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
If you find yourself visiting the business district of Knoxville, make time to escape the hurry and the frantic pace of urban life. Allow yourself to be sidetracked a little and find a quiet bench or picnic table of your own in Krutch Park. Bring a book or a sack lunch and unwind in the midst of the controlled chaos of downtown. You may not find any roses to smell but enjoying the company of the Red Maples, Honey Locusts, Washington Hawthorns, and a grand Weeping Willow next to the pond should substitute quite nicely.