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Parks and Recreation

Greenway Plans and Projects

Harpeth River Update

Metro Parks is ready to proceed with construction of the final section, the boardwalk and its approaches, along the “pinch point” at Harpeth Bend Drive. The drawing to the right shows the route and which sections will be boardwalk, concrete, or asphalt. The image on the bottom left which is labeled “boardwalk example”shows the type of railing proposed. The middle image shows an example from Chattanooga of the same type boardwalk construction (except for the railing). This example is shown to help in visualizing how this type boardwalk looks in a similar condition as the Harpeth Bend section’s conditions.

Landscaping, based on requests during the Parks Department staff walk through with the neighbors, is planned for the fall to ensure survivability of the plant screening that has been requested by neighbors along the route of the boardwalk

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.

Greenwaysfor 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