Stella Moore Collier Preserve330 W Emory Road, Powell, TN 37849
Property Type: Public
STELLA MOORE COLLIER PRESERVE – Knoxville, TN
This 12-acre community park officially opened in February of 2021 and is located in the Knox County community of Powell. Back in 2015, the late Dr. Robert Collier and his wife Louise, placed an FLC conservation easement on the property and then donated it to the Legacy Parks Foundation for the purpose of public access. Named after Dr. Collier’s grandmother, Stella Moore, this park offers another important link within the Knoxville area greenways. Legacy Parks worked with community volunteers and several local organizations to create this special park, which offers an island of habitat amid an urban setting, complete with low-impact walking trails.
FLC’s biologists partnered with Legacy Parks to ensure that the property’s conservation values remained intact while allowing for trail systems, signage, and other features. Trees Knoxville assisted with the planting of additional native trees while volunteer groups removed trash and invasive plants. In December 2021, the Preserve received the designation of a Level 1 Certified Arboretum by the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council.
The Preserve’s mature trees and shrubs offer plentiful seasonal food, cavities, nesting sites and cover for most urban wildlife and for migratory and resident birds. The creek, which offers a year-round water source, is an important resource for wildlife such as fish, waterfowl, amphibians, and aquatic arthropods.