Parks and Recreation Administration
The department is governed by a seven-member Board that meets at noon on the first Tuesday of each month at the Metro Parks Conference Room located at 2565 Park Plaza. The Parks Director is Monique Odom.The department’s divisions include: Maintenance, Planning, Recreation & Community Centers, Special Services, Natural Resources & Cultural Arts, Greenways, and the Park Police.
One of the highest priorities of the Department and staff is providing safe recreational and cultural activities for the citizens of Davidson County.The mowing and maintenance of open spaces, athletic fields, golf courses, park facilities, and other recreational areas for the enjoyment of park customers is a key component of these priorities. The mission statement of the Department also recognizes our responsibility to preserve and protect the region's natural resources.
Metro Parks Community Centers include the latest aerobic and strengthening equipment, gymnasiums, indoor walking/running tracks, dance/exercise studios, arts and crafts rooms, multi-use meeting spaces and game rooms. Program offerings at these Centers reflect the diverse interests of the surrounding community. Activities are offered for all ages and abilities and include group fitness classes, youth and adult sports, dance classes, senior recreational/social programs, art classes, aquatics programs, free play, and youth out-of-school programs.
The Planning & Facilities Development Division is responsible for managing the planning, design and construction of parks and park facilities throughout the Metro Parks system. Major planning and construction projects are publicly listed along with project updates.
Some park properties are managed as natural areas to provide wildlife habitat, nesting sites for birds and other animals, and diversity of plant communities. This management strategy contributes to water quality and erosion control and these natural areas are ideal locations for the Department's popular environmental education programs,
The Metro Board of Parks and Recreation does not discriminate on the basis of age,race,sex,color,national origin,or disability in admission, access to, or operations of its programs, services, or activities. The department does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. For questions, concerns, or requests regarding the American Disabilities Act call 615-862-8400, Centennial Park Office, Nashville, TN 37201.