Parks and Greenways Master Plan

In 2017 Metro Parks and Recreation released their updated Master Plan. “Plan to Play” tells the story of what is needed to help the park and greenways system grow and thrive in the coming years. For more information, visit the plan to play website.

As of 2017, Nashville has 86 miles of greenway trails (including paved, off-street and multi-use trails), plus over 150 miles of primitive and paved trails in local parks. About 5 new miles of greenways have already received funding and are in the design or construction phase, with more miles of greenway targeted for completion over the next several years.

Current Projects (Updated Through Spring 2019)

Gulch Greenway — Frankie Pierce Park
The Gulch Greenway is being extended and downtown Nashville is getting a new park! Located just below the Tennessee State Capitol building, the new 2.5 acre Frankie Pierce Park and greenway extension is a partnership between Metro Nashville and Capitol View. The park will feature volleyball courts, a dog park, and playground. Additionally, a new segment of greenway will connect this new park with the existing Gulch Greenway on the south side of Charlotte Ave.

Gulch Greenway — 11th Avenue North
The Gulch Greenway at Church Street and 11th Avenue is being reconstructed as part of the new Asurion corporate hub development. Highwoods Property recently purchased the property where this first Gulch Greenway segment is located. In a prime example of public-private partnership, the project is funding improvements including realignment and construction of the 12 foot wide off-street multi-use greenway trail, lighting, canopy tree installation and a new vertical connection to the Church Street bridge overhead. This mixed use development is expected to be completed in 2021. The greenway trail has been temporarily rerouted during construction so that trail users will continue to have an off-street option for traveling through the Gulch.

Mill Creek Greenway — Mill Creek Park to Orchard Bend Park
Opening in 2019, this 2.25 mile greenway will connect the existing trailhead at Mill Creek Park to a new trailhead at Orchard Bend Park, a new park that will also be opening this year. This exciting extension means that the Mill Creek Greenway will now connect five neighborhoods, two parks, and two schools over the course of four miles along Mill Creek.

Mill Creek Greenway — Low Water Bridge
In partnership with the Cumberland River Compact, Metro Parks removed an aging creek crossing on Mill Creek Greenway and this summer will replace it with a low water bridge which, in the future, will serve as a connection for nearby neighborhoods to Mill Creek Park via the Greenway.

Whites Creek Greenway at Fontanel — Pedestrian Bridge
This summer Metro Parks will install a pedestrian bridge connecting Phase One and Phase Two of the Whites Creek Greenway at Fontanel.

Cumberland River Greenway — Opry Mills Connector
Metro was awarded a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to help build a greenway along the Cumberland River that connects Shelby Bottoms and Stones River Greenway with Opry Mills. This greenway will link Donelson/Hermitage, Downtown Nashville, and East Nashville to Opry Mills. Once completed, you will probably be able to bike to the mall faster than you can drive! Follow links for: Opry Mills Connector Public Notice & Opry Mills Connector NEPA Section 4(f) Notice