Mayor Hosts ‘Walk 100 Miles with Nashville’ at Stones River Greenway
Mayor, Parks Celebrate Opening of New Dog Park at Two Rivers
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Mayor Karl Dean was joined by many Nashvillians at the Stones River Greenway today for the second walk as part of the Walk 100 Miles with Nashville healthy living campaign. Prior to the walk, Mayor Dean and Metro Parks and Recreation cut the ribbon to celebrate the opening of the Two Rivers Dog Park, the newest and largest dog park in Nashville.
“Dog ownership encourages people to get out for walks, and we want people to enjoy walking with their dogs on leashes in our parks and in our dog parks off leash, ” Mayor Dean said. “In addition to increasing the number of dog parks in our city, we are also expanding our city’s sidewalks, bikeways, community centers and greenways to make it even easier for all of us to live healthier lives.”
Walkers joined Mayor Dean for a lap around the dog park and covered 3.6 miles along a segment of the popular Stones River Greenway from Two Rivers Park to the iconic Cumberland River Pedestrian Bridge. Hip Donelson neighborhood group provided volunteers at water stations and helped support the walk.
The Walk 100 Miles with Nashville walking movement is a follow-up to the highly successful Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor initiative. Mayor Dean is encouraging all Nashvillians to create or join a walking group and then motivate each other to walk 100 miles during the summer of 2014. More information is at www.Walk100Miles.org.
Two Rivers Dog Park is a seven-acre dog park located next to Two Rivers Mansion and close to the Two Rivers Golf Course. This dog park includes a large plaza within the park with a shade shelter and a paved walking trail loop.
Large boulders are placed throughout the park and along the pathway for seating, and about 40 trees have been planted to provide shade. The dog park includes a parking area. Construction began in late January on the $309,000 project, which was included in the Fiscal Year 2014 capital spending plan.
The Stones River Greenway is a ten-mile paved trail system connecting Shelby Bottoms to Percy Priest Lake and linking to the YMCA on Lebanon Road, Heartland Park, and Two Rivers Park.
To take the Walk 100 Miles with Nashville challenge, participants need to create a personal profile on the website www.walk100miles.org. They can choose to join a group or walk on their own, then log their miles online. Everyone who reaches 100 miles this summer receives a free tee shirt.
New to this walking campaign, the city’s free NashVitality mobile app includes a mileage-tracking feature. Walk 100 participants can track and log the miles they walk right on their phone using “Record a Workout” after creating a profile on the Walk100Miles.org website.
The NashVitality app, which is free at the Apple App Store and on Google Play, is a mobile guide to being healthy, active and green in Nashville. It includes interactive maps of Nashville’s parks, greenways and sidewalks.
Other Walk 100 Miles with Nashville walks to be hosted by Mayor Dean include the following (schedule subject to change):
- Wednesday, June 11, 6 p.m. Blue Hole
- Saturday, June 14, 10 a.m., Jefferson Street
- Monday, June 23, 6 p.m., Riverwalk
- Wednesday, June 25, 6 p.m., Fort Negley
- Saturday, July 5, 9 a.m., Crooked Branch
- Tuesday, July 8, 7 p.m., Cornelia Fort
- Thursday, July 10, 7 p.m., Edwin Warner Park
- Saturday, July 12, 8 a.m., Woodbine
- Monday, July 14, 7 p.m., Bells Bend
- Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m. Peeler Park
- Saturday, July 26, 8 a.m. Beaman Park
- Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m., MetroCenter
- Monday, Aug.11, 7 p.m., Richland Creek
- Saturday, Aug. 16, 8 a.m., Mill Creek
- Saturday, Aug. 30, 8 a.m. Public Square