August Newsletter

Park Updates

Sunflower Season

Now is the time to get on the Shelby Bottoms one-mile loop and check out the Tickseed Sunflower that is in full bloom around the observation tower. The field is mowed in the winter to keep down invasive plants and open the area for grassland animals, but the real magic happens in late summer. Don't miss it!

Davidson and Shelby Drive Bridges

Work has gone well all summer on the reconstruction of vehicular bridges at Davidson St and Shelby Park Drive. The bridges are getting finishing touches now, and are scheduled to open back up to traffic in early September. Be sure to take a closer look at the concrete details on the Davidson bridge - a nod to the historic bridge design.

Shelby Bottoms Bridge #5

Paving of the bridge approaches was completed yesterday! This was the last major step in the project. Cleanup and final touches plus repair work on sections of the main trail are still to come.

Thanks to everyone for their patience. Let's ride!

Sevier Lake Loop

A huge thanks to Bell & Associates Construction, who completed the new pedestrian bridge on August 6. And they're not done yet...Bell has generously agreed to help with the installation of the community-funded gravel trail portion of the loop. Excavation will begin soon.

Naval Building Study

Friends of Shelby will be part of the 2020-2021 Innovation Catalyst Program hosted by the Center For Nonprofit Management. This intensive seven-month program will help FOS, along with Metro and community partners, study potential redevelopment opportunities for the Naval Reserve Training Center that has been empty since 2009.

Read more about the Naval Building and the ICat program

Thank you to the Mayor's Office, Metro Parks for their participation and to our funding partner HDLA.


This September and October help out at Cave Spring

Friend of Shelby and Cumberland River Compact are partnering to remove a crumbling sidewalk and plant a rain garden at Cave Spring. We are calling on volunteers to help haul out the concrete, place soil, mulch, and plant a new rain garden. To ensure small groups and safe distancing, there are many time slots available.

Storm Cleanup Continues

Six months later the cleanup continues. Thanks to over 40 volunteers who braved the heat to pick up tornado debris in the Bottoms. And thanks to Metro Parks Maintenance for picking up all the bags the volunteers filled!

Events and Happenings

Cornelia Fort Picnic Party

We're bringing you a Pickin' Party in a box! Get your cooler filled with East Nashville goodies and a greatest hits playlist from Pickin' Parties past.

While we are not going to be able to party together at the Airpark this summer, Friends of Shelby still wants to give you a reason to celebrate and a way to support the park!

Thanks to our generous sponsor, we are bringing you the Cornelia Fort Picnic Party – beer from Yazoo Brewery, wine from Woodland Wine Merchant, snacks from Mitchell's Deli, and more!

All proceeds benefit Shelby Park and Bottoms!

Stay Tuned - Picnics go on sale next week

Get on the Water

Outdoor Nashville is a Metro Parks program that offers a variety of outdoor-oriented programming with a focus on introductory and beginning skill levels. Outdoor Nashville provides trips and instructional clinics for adults, families, youth, seniors, and groups with special needs. Metro Parks' staff work with individual groups to customize outdoor experiences based on each group’s goals and skill level.

If your family, small group or pod is interested in outdoor recreation please contact program coordinator Jon Dodson

Membership Matters

Member Spotlight

William Aaron is the first My Shelby member!

When I saw that Friends had started a monthly membership program, it just made sense to me to sign up. The greenway and the park have been a part of the fabric of my family's life for decades. I played with my daughter there when she was little, and my stepsons played baseball there when they were young. The park and greenway are where I became a runner and where I have helped train scores of new runners with the East Nasty Running Club. It's just part of my life.

Family and friends who come and see the park always talk about what a true gem it is and how incredibly lucky we are to have it. And they're right - it's easy to take for granted, but it's an amazing, one-of-a-kind place where everyone is welcome.

We were there last night to see all of the amazing flowers on the one-mile loop - go see them if you haven't! - and saw all kinds of folks out enjoying their park and greenway. I'm glad I can support Friends and the great work the organization does in a small and continuing way - it's the right thing to do.

Show your love of Shelby Park and Bottoms with a membership that supports the park year-round.

Sign up for recurring monthly donations - the easiest and most convenient way for you to give to Friends of Shelby. Recurring donations provide a predictable source of income we can count on to fund programs and projects in the park.

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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