Thank you for an amazing 2019

It has been a year of fun and new beginnings for the Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms. Here is an update on our work in 2019.

New Playground

In 2019 Friends of Shelby made its largest capital investment in the parks to date with over $27,000 contributed toward the new playground at the Historic Cornelia Fort Airport. In partnership with Metro Parks, Friends helped to fund this unique playground, which opened in October and has already brought dozens of new families to the park.

This investment would not be possible without your support! 

Find out about more 2019 park investments here

Cornelia Pickin' Parties

In 2019 Friends hosted the 5th season of the Cornelia Fort Pickin' Parties. This fun, family friendly concert series drew more fans than ever this year with proceeds from the events going right back into the parks. 

Mark your calendar for the 2020 season!

Friends of Shelby Hires First Executive Director

Rebecca Ratz has come on board as Friends' first Executive Director and first employee! She will be working with park stakeholders, Metro Parks and the community on improvements and advocacy efforts in Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms. Following seven years with the Metro Parks Planning and Facilities Development Division, Rebecca, an East Nashville resident, is excited to dedicate herself to supporting the Park and Bottoms.

Come meet Rebecca at the January Bird Friendly Coffee at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center

Support The Parks Year After Year With A Specialty License Plate

Join your neighbors in support of Shelby Park and Bottoms with your purchase of a specialty license plate - 100% of proceeds will be reinvested in the park you love. It's a great way to show your park pride - on your ride!

Purchase or Gift a Plate Today!



Shelby Park Golf Courses Open This Winter

The 18-hole Shelby Park Golf Course and the 9-hole Vinny Links Golf Course are both operating on winter hours.

Memberships make a great holiday gift!

Amazon Smile Gives Back!

You can give back to Shelby Park and Bottoms with every purchase you make this holiday season - and into the new year. 

Use this link and support the parks just by shopping!

 Fun at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center

Join Nature Center staff all winter for fun indoors and out. 

More information and a full program schedule

Working to preserve, protect and enhance Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms for all of Nashville