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Mayor Barry, Metro Parks To Present Master Plan Draft

January 30, 2017

Plan To Play master plan draft to be shared at February public meeting

Mayor Megan Barry and Metro Parks and Recreation will present the Metro Parks and Greenways draft master plan at the Nashville Downtown Library on Monday, Feb. 13, at noon.

The yearlong Plan To Play process included an inventory of past and current plans, an analysis of programs and facility offerings, a benchmarking of peer cities, and input from more than 9,000 Nashvillians.

“Over the last year, we have heard the needs and wants of our growing city,” Mayor Barry said. “The proposed master plan will align Nashville with comparable cities across the United States, providing a roadmap for the future of our parks and greenways.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to provide comments following the Feb. 13 plan presentation. For those who cannot attend, the plan will be available online and on display from Feb. 13 to 26 at the following locations:

  • Centennial Sportsplex
  • Coleman Park Community Center
  • East Park Community Center
  • Hadley Park Community Center
  • Hartman Community Center
  • Hermitage Park Community Center
  • Madison Park Community Center
  • Nashville Public Library – Main
  • Southeast Park Community Center
  • Warner Park Nature Center

The master plan is being developed by the Parks Department planning division, working with Hawkins Partners, Inc., a landscape architecture, urban design and master planning firm located in Nashville, in collaboration with the Trust for Public Land and PROS Consulting.

“With the help of the community and our partners, we have completed a thorough plan that will invest in improvements to existing infrastructure, as well as new park land, facilities and programs,” said Tommy Lynch, Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation director. “The result of Plan To Play is a sustainable strategy for the next decade.”

To stay up to date on the plan, visit plantoplay.nashville.gov and follow Plan To Play on Facebook and Twitter.

About Plan To Play

Plan To Play is a Metro Parks and Recreation-led initiative for a countywide master plan with a robust public engagement process that will serve as a guide for future investments in our park system and establish a comprehensive strategy for sustained growth for the coming decade. Supporting funding partners are the Nashville Parks Foundation and the Trust for Public Land. The last Metro Parks and Greenways master plan was adopted in 2002 with an update in 2008. This yearlong process depends on your input. Help Nashville prioritize strategic, equitable investment in Metro parks and facilities at plantoplay.nashville.gov, on Facebook at Plan To Play Nashville and on Twitter at @PlanToPlayNash.

Metro Parks offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are 15,873 acres of open space, including 185 parks and 19 greenways. It is the mission of the department to provide all residents of Davidson County equal opportunities for safe recreational and cultural activities while also preserving and protecting the area’s natural resources.