About Greenways for Nashville

Our Mission

Greenways for Nashville’s mission is to create, preserve, and promote a system of greenways in Nashville and Davidson County. We advocate preservation and protection of natural and cultural areas, development of community recreational opportunities, and acquisition of land for preservation as greenways and parks.

How Does Greenways For Nashville Help?

GfN supports the initiative of the Metro Parks Department and the Greenways Commission, leveraging public and private funds, building trails and enhancements, and preserving land. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1994. To date, GfN has assisted in developing a significant trail footprint of 86 miles, acquiring over 4,266 acres for conservation and protecting 11,000 acres of land. In addition to fundraising, we educate citizens about Nashville’s greenways and provide opportunities for community involvement.

How We Started

Nashville’s greenways initiative began in 1991, when Mayor Phil Bredesen and the Metro Council created the Greenways Commission as a division of Metro Parks to plan and develop a greenway system of trails and open spaces throughout Davidson County. Members of the Commission and Nashville citizens established Greenways for Nashville in 1994 to give the general public a way to support development of the greenways system.

GfN Board of Directors


Robert Brandt, Community Volunteer Kelly Brockman, Community Volunteer
Berry Brooks, TreasurerFirst Farmers and Merchants Bank Natasha Deane, Community Volunteer
Mark Deutschmann, Village Real Estate Rep. Brenda Gilmore, Greenways and Open Space Commission
Dr. Marie Griffin, Vanderbilt University Brandon Haumschilt, Southwestern Investment Group
Jacob Kassinger, First Citizens Bank Sharon Kipp, Community Volunteer
Jeanie Nelson, Greenways and Open Space Commission Donna Nicely, Community Volunteer
John L. Norris, Greenways and Open Space Commission Susan Pogue, Young Leader Intern
Phil Ponder, Former Metro Council Member Ann Roberts, Community Volunteer
Steve Sirls, Community Volunteer Eric Stroud, Young Leader Intern
Charles Sueing, Greenways and Open Space Commission Ann Tidwell, Vice-President, Community Volunteer
Jennifer WesterholmSecretaryDivision of Sustainability  Lyndsay Wilkinson, Youth Villages
Pete WootenPresident, Pinnacle Financial Partners  Tyler Yarbro, Greenways and Open Space Commission

Ex Officio

Monique Odom, Director Metro Parks and Recreation
Cindy Harrison, Metro Greenways and Open Space Commission

Welcome to Nashville Greenways

In 2016, this incredible video was made to introduce people to Nashville’s greenway system. Watch, share, and enjoy — and just try to not laugh.

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