Happy New Year! Another great year for Green Hills Park is in the books. This year we hosted another great Park Festival and loved seeing everyone enjoying our great park. Here are some updates on our other projects:
The shade pavilion that will be built near the water fountain: We are working on a design that will satisfy the Parks Department's concerns about future maintenance needs and meet our budget.
Fundraising: The Mall at Green Hills has generously donated gift cards to help us raise funds - while supplies last, everyone who donates $25 or over to Friends of Green Hills Park can receive a $50 gift card to North Italia, $30 gift card to Crate & Barrel, or $20 card to the Cheesecake Factory! To donate, please venmo @friendsofghpark or click the "donate" button at friendsofgreenhillspark.org. Then we'll reach back out to send you your gift card.
Native plants: A big project we started in 2021 was clearing invasive trees and replacing them with native plants. This project will continue next year - if you'd like to volunteer to help, please email us at email@example.com. Thank you so much to the great volunteers who have been working on this project so far and have made impressive progress - Marcus Owen, Ashley Cantrell, Georgeanne Chapman, Richard Hitt, and Ryan Biven.
Tennis Courts: The tennis court resurfacing has hit a roadblock because the quote for resurfacing has come back so high: $160,000. That number is simply unrealistic for our small volunteer organization to raise. We're looking into grants and welcome assistance with that or additional ideas. Funds that have been received for tennis court resurfacing will be held for that purpose until we can find a funding source or the courts are resurfaced by Metro.
Thank you to everyone who donated this year!
Best wishes for the New Year from Friends of Green Hills Park!
Record breaking turn out for the Green Hills Park Festival! Plus, traffic calming meeting on October 11 .
Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2021 Green Hills Park Festival,
presented by Gluck Orthodontics!
We broke our attendance records with a crowd of over 2,000. We raised $10,000 for the Park! Interested in sponsoring next year's Festival or volunteering at the Park (think flower planting, invasive tree removal or working to get the tennis courts resurfaced)? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your interests.
Looking forward to 2021? We are too! Lots of fun ahead, including the Green Hills Park Festival (planned for Sept. 11, 2021) and continued work toward building a shade pavilion by the water fountain. To make next year a success, we could use your help:
- For the Festival, we would love it if you could volunteer to lend a hand. For example, would you like to line up the five food trucks? Help rustle up donations for a silent auction or find new sponsors? Help out on the day of the event? Girl scouts, boy scouts, and other organizations that would like volunteer hours are very welcome!
- Fyi, the shade pavilion is taking longer than expected (and is going to be more expensive) due to the Parks Department's understandable process for assuring that the structure will be super sturdy and meet all applicable Codes requirements. Thank you so very much to everyone who has contributed so far - every donation is appreciated. Can you chip in to get us to the finish line? Venmo @friendsofghpark or click the donate button here to donate by credit card or paypal.
And, there are other ways to show your love for the park - would you like to remove invasive plants or plant new ones? Paint the fence? Help the Friends group apply for a grant? Let us know your talents and interests to make a difference in our community in 2021.
2020 has been an odd year for humans, but a good one for the park! It's been a well-used community resource for exercise, games and meeting friends.
This summer we had a donor chip in especially for three disc golf baskets, which have been placed on the western edge of the park. Are you enjoying them? Email us at email@example.com to let us know what you think and to give us your ideas for what improvements you'd like to see in Green Hills Park.
--Did you lose keys in the park? A set of house keys was found by the pavilion. Call or text Lora Fox at 615-496-0464 if you think they might be yours and i.d. the keychain.
Best wishes for 2021!
2020 has been some kind of year. First, the Shumard Oak was felled by high winds. Now, due to Covid-19, 2020's Festival has to be canceled.
But, the good news is that Green Hills Park has been enjoyed by so many neighbors during this strange period. Soccer, baseball, frisbee, badminton, tennis, pickleball, and spikeball players have revelled in their games. Dogs, bikers, walkers and runners have made good use of the walking path. Let's face it, we're lucky to have have such a great park.
Can you help give back to our great park? We're raising funds for a shade pavilion to be near the water fountain. It will look similar to the large red-roofed pavilion but smaller. Please venmo @friendsofghpark or go to www.friendsofgreenhillspark.org to donate.
And please plan to join Friends of Green Hills Park on September 11, 2021 for the fifth Green Hills Park Festival!
What a year! This year, we added benches, trees, and bike racks, replaced the chain link entrance fence with a wooden fence, hid the porta potty, moved the park sign closer to the road where it could be more easily seen, installed a crosswalk across Belmont Park Terrace, removed some invasive shrubs and installed the first phase of the log obstacle course (thanks to a grant from the Nashville Predators!).
Plus the Green Hills Park Festival, presented by Gluck Orthodontics, was a smashing success with attendance of 1800 this year (see pictures here). Mark your calendar for next year's festival on Sept. 13.
Can you help us keep the momentum going for improvements? Next year we'd like to add a water feature and exercise equipment. Can you chip in to help? If so, please make a donation by clicking on the "donate" button on this page: https://www.friendsofgreenhillspark.org/ Thank you for being part of such a giving and wonderful neighborhood!
Traffic Calming Petition: Friends of Green Hills Park is preparing an application for a traffic calming district to include at least Belmont Park Terrace from Arden Place to Shackleford and Belmont Park Terrace from Lone Oak to Harding. Do you support slowing traffic near Green Hills Park? If so, please click here to sign a petition and tell us which streets you would like included, and why.
Your donations at work in the park:
Thank you Predators Foundation! Friends of Green Hills Park has received a $3,750 grant to start our log obstacle course. It will be located near the playground. Look for work on this project to begin this summer.
This check was presented to Friends of Green Hills President Lora Barkenbus Fox on May 2. The Predators Foundation distributed checks totaling $675,962 that day to 144 non-profits in Middle Tennessee. What an amazing organization! Thank you Nashville Preds!
It's Big Payback Day! Can you help add some shady relaxation spots in the Green Hills community? $25 helps buy shade trees; $50 helps buy portable benches; $100 helps buy permanent benches; $250 pays for a cherry tree; $500 or $1000 helps build a lovely shade pavilion by the water fountain. Let's make our neighborhood park the go-to neighborhood spot for creating family memories. Thank you!
Bike to Work Day - this Friday, May 3, 2019
We will be riding the Belmont Blvd-Music Row route to downtown.
Meet at 7:10 in Green Hills Park. We will meet other riders at Osborne's Bi-Rite 7:25 AM and Belmont Bookstore 7:35 AM.. The Vanderbilt area group will meet us at the corner of Edgehill and 10th. We'll proceed down Demonbreun to downtown, where we'll turn left on 3rd Avenue (just past the Symphony Hall) and will meet the rest of the groups for coffee and sweets at Public Square (the lawn of the Historic Courthouse).
You can view a map of the route here.
Planning for the Green Hills Park Festival, brought to you by Gluck Orthodontics, is going great. More information is here: https://www.friendsofgreenhillspark.org/festival.html. Follow the Facebook event page for updates.
Thank you Gluck Orthodontists!
Gluck Orthodontists will be the lead sponsor for this year's Green Hills Park Festival! We look forward to working with them to bring improvements to the Park & to have an extra fun festival this year.
Hillsboro Community Day
this Sat., 4/13/19
Lipscomb Elementary School additions
This week, representatives from Lipscomb University presented an overview of the upcoming improvements and new construction at Lipscomb Academy Elementary School (4517 Granny White Pike), Brewer Campus. It looks like most of the construction at this time will be limited to the Harding Place and Granny White Pike borders. So it will not affect the Park (or access to the park) at this time:
Dedicate a bench or tree in Green Hills Park
Wish to honor someone with a tree or bench in Green Hills Park? Benches and trees with plaques can be purchased through the Parks Dept. The price of a tree (approximately 2" caliper) is $250 and a bench is $2200. Here is the link to the application:
Do you live in Green Hills Park Neighborhood? Did you know that realtors are starting to call the area near the park "Green Hills Park Neighborhood." Has a nice ring, yes?
Bike to Work Day - Friday, May 3, 2019
New in the Park:
Friends of Green Hills Park is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to improving our neighborhood park, building community, and increasing walk and bike connectivity to nearby green spaces where we love to walk and play.