Ijams Nature Center visitors are taking extra precaution the day after a man sexually assaulted a woman in broad daylight in the public park.
As police continue searching for the suspect, they're also beefing up patrols.
Knoxville police have not been able to track down the man they say shoved a woman and her two-year-old daughter to ground and then sexually assaulted the woman.
The victim and her toddler have been released from the hospital.
It happened at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday while they were walking along a trial inside Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville
Knoxville police say they already have several procedures in place and plan on beefing up patrols even more.
"We are going to increase our patrols our presence. We were already down there this morning," said KPD officer Steve Kaufman.
Kaufman's unit is assigned to patrol the parks and greenways on their bicycles.
"There's a lot of trails that adds up to several miles you can't just patrol it by vehicle or the parking lot," he said. "We actually get on our bikes and get to areas a car can't get to."
The unit has been patrolling for about a year. Ijams Nature Center is just one beat on the more than 50 miles of parks and greenways.
They typically visit Ijams several times a month, but plan on adding extra routes through the nature center.
Ijams' Executive Director, Paul James, said they are learning from the experience. It is something they've never dealt with before.
"I was speaking with my insurance company this morning and their records go back to '93. And we've never had anything of this nature in the last 20 years," James said.
James and officers agree this attack should not stop you from enjoying the park.
"Something like this could happen anywhere at any time. We treat safety for our staff and visitors, we take that very seriously," James said.
But they want you to be cautious.
Officers say if you're walking in the parks they advise carrying a cell phone, keeping your eye out for suspicious people, and not turning your headphones up too loud.
KPD is still looking for the man responsible for the attack.
Police say he is a white male, six feet one inch tall, and weighs about 185 pounds. He has a goatee and a distinctive scar through his left eyebrow.
Anyone with information is asked to call KPD at (865) 215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.