April Newsletter

Dear Friends,

We face many uncertainties during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is understandable to question whether to visit parks, trails, or open spaces right now. Friends of Shelby shares your concerns.

As a supporter of Shelby Park and Bottoms, you know benefits associated with visiting parks and nature. Though playgrounds, courts, dog parks, community and nature centers are closed, it is no surprise that more and more people are turning to parks and trails to relieve stress.

However, during a time of crisis, we need vigilance. Therefore, Friends of Shelby strongly recommends visiting the park or greenway only if:

  • You're visiting alone or with only members of your direct household,
  • The park is not crowded, and you're able to maintain six feet of distance from other park goers at all times,
  • You can avoid contact with any hard surfaces on which the coronavirus can survive for an extended period of time; avoid playgrounds (they're closed!), exercise equipment, water fountains, benches, etc.
  • You follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At our core, Friends of Shelby is a community organization. It is not in our nature to dissuade people from visiting the park. Yet, we are facing an unprecedented public health crisis which demands our attention and response. Your health and wellness, and the health of your family and neighbors, is our primary concern right now.

The situation is constantly evolving, and recommendations may change again soon. What we do know for certain is that there will be a time on the other side of this pandemic where we will gather, play, picnic, and party in park together once again. But until then, we must all do our part to stop the spread of this virus.

Wishing you all health and peace,
Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms

Volunteering - pandemic edition


Increased use of the park has led to an increase trash.

Let's all chip in and do our part.

Over the next 4 weeks, Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms asks you to take part in the #trashtag challenge. If you visit the park – as an individual or with your immediate family – bring a bag to collect trash. Post your cleanup to our social media and you’ll be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the East Nashville small business of your choice! We’ll select one winner every week starting April 13.

Here’s how it works!

Supporting Our Partners

Every year Friends of Shelby is grateful for so many businesses and community members who support our work through event sponsorship, volunteer efforts and donations. Now it is time for us to give back by supporting them. Please consider placing an order or purchasing a gift card from these business supporters.

Woodland Wine Merchant

Yazoo Brewery

Shelby Avenue Bicycle Company


East Nashville Family Medicine

Look East

The East Nashvillian

Riverside Village Clinic

7 Springs Orthopedic

Friendly Arctic

Dickel Tennessee Whiskey

Camp Gladiator

East Nashville Self Storage

Moxie Printing

Tornado Relief Ale

One of our biggest supporters, Yazoo Brewing Company is now selling a Tornado Relief Ale - you can pick it up, get it delivered, or find it in stores soon.

More Ways To Support Local Business

As a member of the Historic East Nashville Merchants Association, Friends of Shelby invites you to support all East Nashville Small Businesses by purchasing gift cards.

Shelby Bee Hives

With the weather warming up the Shelby Park and Bottoms bee hives are more active. These bees are pollinating across the park and out in the community. Come summer, Shelby Bottoms honey will be flowing once again. Thanks to your support we have been able to expand the hives, purchase supplies and protect our bees with fencing. Thank you!

Big Payback Coming May 6-7

Be on the lookout for an announcement from Friends of Shelby about our campaign for this year's Big Payback. We have an exciting project in the works and can't wait to share the news with park supporters!

Pandemic Shopping?

Don't forget you can help Shelby Park and Bottoms every time you shop. Sign up today for Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards.


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