Nashville, TN

Greenways for Nashville promotes the greenway system

Lenny Schumacher

NASHVILLE, TN — Greenways for Nashville is a non-profit organization established in 1994 that was initiated by the Greenway Commission and Nashville citizens. It allows residents to foster the development of the greenways system.

The journey began in 1991, when Mayor Phil Bredesen and the Metro Council created the Greenways Commission division to be a part of Metro Parks. It aimed to plan and develop a greenway system of trails and provide open spaces across Davidson County.

Greenways for Nashville's main goal is to establish, maintain and support the greenways system in Nashville and Davidson Country. To achieve the goals, they put multiple efforts to encourage the general public to maintain and take care of natural and cultural areas, take opportunities to develop community recreational spots and preserve land to be greenways and parks. They always make sure that all members of their community gain equitable access, thus they could safely experience an inviting network of greenways for health, recreation, wellness and healing.

Greenways for Nashville has performed a positive impact up until now. To date, they have developed about one hundred miles of significant trail footprint. Not only that, but they also successfully protect more than 2,700 acres of floodplain land. The addition of preserving more than seven thousand acres of parkland through the Greenways and Open Space Division of Metro Parks.

To bring beneficial impact to larger communities, they educate citizens about Nashville’s greenways and allow the community to involve in the program and gain opportunities.

Nashville’s greenways are primarily based along eight major water corridors as follows: the Cumberland River, Browns Creek, Harpeth River, Stones River, Mill Creek, Richland Creek, Seven Mile Creek and Whites Creek.

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