The 2009 Shelby Park Master Plan calls for a separated walking loop around Sevier Lake. In 2010, Friends of Shelby took the first step by working with Metro to close the road on the western edge of the lake reclaiming this space for cyclists and pedestrians. In 2012 Metro added walking paths around the newly constructed events lawn, and in 2014 these paths were connected to the lake path creating approximately 2/3 of a mile of separated trail. But the remaining route around the lake still requires people to mix with cars on the road, creating a dangerous situation for all park patrons.

The Project:

In partnership with Bell & Associates Construction and Metro Parks and Recreation, Friends of Shelby will build a 1/3 mile section of trail creating a complete one-mile walking loop in Shelby Park.

This initial phase of the project will include sections of gravel trail, a new bridge and painted pedestrian lanes on existing pavement. This phase will be a catalyst for future investment in the wetland boardwalk and ADA compliant trail called for in the park master plan.

Currently, Friends of Shelby and partners are hard at work to see the trail completed in 2020. The largest portion of this project is the construction of the new bridge being built by Bell & Associates this summer.  Community donations during the Big Payback on May 6 & 7 provided the funding needed to move forward with trail planning. Thank you to everyone who has supported the effort.  

Progress Summer 2020

On July 8, Friends of Shelby and Bell & Associates joined Nashville Mayor John Cooper in a groundbreaking ceremony for the pedestrian bridge on the north end of the lake loop. Making quick work of the project, Bell completed the bridge on August 10, the first step in completing the loop. Work on the gravel trail portion of the trail was completed in September.

Planning for 2021 

The final section of the loop will be the striping of a pedestrian lane through the existing parking lot and along the road east of Lake Sevier. Friends of Shelby has begun this work by surveying the existing conditions and will work with a traffic engineer to help with a striping plan that will provide a safe route for walkers. 



Thank you to our Partners