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Greenway Plans and Projects

440 Greenway Project News

Phase I—Centennial to Elmington Parks

Construction of the pilot segment connecting Centennial and Elmington Parks, funded in 2015/16 by Metro, is expected to start in the fall of 2016 and take about a year and half to build (see image below for the route).

Future Phases/Segments

Metro has applied for a $30.46 million dollar federal TIGER Transportation grant to expand the project by 5.75 miles from Elmington Park to the I65 split entirely within existing TDOT rights of way. The TIGER grant, if received, will fund 80% of the project. 20% will be funded by Nashville’s capital budget and private funds being raised by Greenways for Nashville.

About the 440 Greenway

The total 7-mile greenway project envisioned would link 6 parks, create new green spaces and reconnect 14 diverse, historic neighborhoods divided by interstate. If federal TIGER funding is secured, Metro Parks will begin a design and engineering phase to plan the routes, analyze costs and feasibility of options, and obtain additional public input.  If the grant, which is highly competitive nationally, is not received, the application will roll over into the next TIGER funding cycle.

For more information, contact:
Cindy Harrison at Metro Parks, 615-862-8400.

Current Projects

Visit Maps for a complete listing of maps with descriptions of existing greenway multi-use trails and various types of trails within parks.

Greenway trail projects funded and under development include:

  • Cumberland River:Taylor Farm addition to Peeler Parkin Neelys Bend
  • The Gulch: in downtown Nashville between Charlotte and Division
  • Harpeth River Greenway: expansion between Bellevue Exchange Club and Morton Mill Rd, Harpeth Crest subdivision, and Rolling River subdivision(late summer 2013)
  • Mill Creek Greenway: Lenox near Sunnyside Dr, including the Mill Run subdivision off Old Hickory Blvd,and Old Glenrose to Wimpole segment near Thompson Lane
  • Richland Creek Greenway: loop completion behind McCabe Golf Course Clubhouse and segment between Charlotte and England Park
  • Seven Mile Creek Greenway: expansion from existing trail toward library
  • Stones River Greenway: trailhead plaza, restrooms and leash free zone below Percy Priest Dam and canoe access trailhead at Heartland Park
  • Whites Creek Greenway: Fontanel in the historic Whites Creek village on Whites Creek Pk and Clarksville Hwy to Mullins Park on Ashland City Hwy

The Greenways Master Plan

Greenway trails are developed following the master plan, shown below, which focuses on Nashville’s seven major waterways as well as dozens of routes recommended by citizens through various community plans.

Trail development progresses at an average of five miles per year, contingent upon funding, right of way acquisition, the design process and permitting. The greenways program is opportunistic, acting where land is available.

The Greenways Commission, advisory to Metro Parks, guides master plan implementation.

Greenways for Nashville, a vital friends group to the Greenways Commission, is a citizen-based non-profit advocacy group devoted to enhancing and advancing greenways. For information on becoming a member or making a donation, as well as volunteer opportunities, visit Greenways for Nashville

About Bikeways

The off-street trails provided on greenways combined with Nashville’s increasing on-street bicycle network and bike share facilities are making Nashville a bike friendly city.

The Music City Bikeway is a great example: a cycling route that utilizes greenway trails and bike lanes from Percy Priest Dam on the east side of Nashville, through downtown, to the Warner Parks on the west.

For information about Nashville’s many other bikeway routes and facilities, visit the Mayor's Office BPAC page.

Harpeth River Boardwalk Plan

SR boardwalk

HYSA bridge

Shelby aerial