Legacy Parks Foundation breaks ground on Angora Frog Farm
By Ken Lay
The Powell Community will soon be home to the Angora Frog Farm.
Legacy Parks Foundation officially announced the project Wednesday morning as the American Rental Association Foundation and Toro Company presented a $20,000 check to fund the park’s walking trail.
FirstBank also made a matching grant for the park. That donation was part of the financial institution’s celebration to mark the opening of its Powell Branch. FirstBank’s grant will fund storybook panels that will be featured throughout the park.
Legacy Parks received the land from Arvin and Sabra Brown in 2020. The 14-acre parcel is located across from the Powell High Landing boat launch on Beaver Creek. It will be converted into the Angora Frog Farm. The project was inspired by Brown family folk tales about hairy frogs that live only in Powell, Tennessee.
“This land has been owned by the Brown Family for years,” said Legacy Parks Executive Director Carol Evans. “They wanted to do something for the kids.
“We want the kids to get out and have fun and get some exercise.”
The Angora Frog story was written in partnership with local children’s author and illustrator Daniel Wiseman. Wiseman has illustrated more than 20 children’s books and his two authored books are slated to be released later this year.
The Angora Frog Farm story was written with play features selected to accompany the storyboards that chronicle the adventures of Arvin the Frog as he makes his way through the park.
Following Wednesday morning’s check ceremony, volunteers began construction on the walking trail and beautifying the grounds.
The Legacy Parks Foundation continues to seek donations to develop the park.