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Parks and Recreation

About Us

Parks Director Lynch and Mayor Dean

The Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of facilities and programs throughout Davidson County. Currently, there are over 13,000 acres of open space, including 121 Parks and 19 greenways. There’s something for everyone, including passive and active recreation activities. We offer senior programs, special population programs, cultural arts classes, dog parks, a variety of trails, nature programs, sports leagues, art galleries, and much more. Come visit Nashville parks!

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation to provide every citizen of Nashville and Davidson County with an equal opportunity for safe recreational and cultural activities within a network of parks and greenways that preserves and protects the region's natural resources

History

Nashville's municipal park system was established in April of 1901. The first park in the system was Watkins Park. This was closely followed by the acquisition of Federal Park (grounds of the Customs House) and then Centennial park in 1902.  In 1963 the first Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation was appointed in accordance with the Metro charter. The Metro charter authorizes this board to employ a director of parks and to supervise, control, and operate the park and reservation system of the metropolitan government.