Spring Into Brentwood’s Diverse Parks and Greenways 5

City’s park system makes it easy 
for residents to enjoy the outdoors.

There are many intrinsic benefits to living in Brentwood. And right at the top of the list is an exceptionally diverse park system. Brentwood’s 14 parks and greenways cover over 961 acres, including more than 25 miles of hiking and biking trails. This expanse provides plenty of room to roam – from running, biking or playing sports to just relaxing and enjoying the city’s beautiful green spaces.

Just ask Amanda Bledsoe, Community Relations Specialist for the city of Brentwood. “We have everything from paved trails and tennis courts to natural paths with rock formations and creek bed crossings,” she says. “Come outside and get away from it all in the woods of Smith Park or join others at the Summer Concert Series at the Eddy Arnold Amphitheater in Crockett Park.” Bledsoe says that the weekly concerts, held Sunday evenings beginning June 5 through July 10, can draw up to 2,000 people per week.

Crockett Park is also home to the historic Cool Springs House, an ideal setting for receptions and community gatherings. And for the sports enthusiast, there’s a Frisbee golf field, baseball fields, biking trails and tennis courts. In addition, Crockett Park houses the Williamson County Parks and Recreation’s Indoor Soccer facility.

The Deerwood Arboretum & Nature Center borders the Little Harpeth River and showcases native trees, migratory birds, butterflies and other wildlife. It is home to more than 69 different species of trees, all identified and locatable with a Tree Identification Trail Guide. As a State Certified Arboretum, most examples of each species are within 20 feet of the trail, and most of the tagged trees are native to Tennessee. It also features a Nature Center Complex complete with an outdoor classroom. Local schools, in addition to Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, can reserve the shelter at Deerwood Arboretum by contacting the Parks and Recreation Department.

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is Brentwood’s newest and largest park. “During the first phase of development, the historic Ravenswood Mansion was restored as an event venue and hiking trails were opened on the hill behind the mansion. The second phase will begin soon and includes adding soccer and baseball practice fields,” says Bledsoe.

Brentwood’s NUTRO® Dog Park is located in Tower Park. Under agreement with the city, The Nutro Company is the park’s exclusive sponsor. NUTRO Dog Park provides two separately fenced areas – one for larger dogs over 25 pounds with approximately 1.5 acres of running space, and the other approximately 0.65 acres for smaller dogs to run and play. Both areas include shaded benches, water stations, and hydrants.

The abundance of beautiful parks makes it easy, fun and enjoyable to get outside and stay fit. Whether you like to visit them all or return each week to your favorite little retreat, Brentwood has a park that will put a smile on your face an a spring in your step.

Additional information about City of Brentwood Parks and events is available online at ExploreBrentwood.com.