The Big Payback starts Wednesday, May 5 at 6 pm

The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide 24-hours of giving that shines a spotlight on local giving and calls on Middle Tennessee to “give back” to nonprofits and impact our community.

This year Friends of Shelby is asking for your help to care for the places we gather – as family, friends, and neighbors.

During the Big Payback 2021, Friend of Shelby is raising funds for the care and maintenance of Shelby's 16 pavilions. From major repairs to new paint to picnic area cleanup, we are raising money for these special places in the park that host our picnics and parties, provide shade in the summer, and protection when it rains. Shelby's shelters are a special asset for all park users.

Did you know that seven of Shelby's Shelter are available for reservations from April through October? Get for info on the Metro Parks Website


Your Impact

Our goal is to raise $40,000 and this year we have donors who will match your donation dollar for dollar up to $20,000! It is also a great time to give because every gift you make could help us win additional cash prizes.

Big Payback Fun
Free Ice Pops May 6

Join us in the park on Thursday, May 6 from 2 pm to 6 pm at the Mission Shelter – the priority pavilion improvement project. We’ll be giving away free ice pops to everyone and fun Friends of Shelby merch to anyone who donates.

So set your alarm and join us May 5 and bookmark Friends of Shelby’s Big Payback webpage.

2020 Big Payback Update – Complete the Loop

in 2020 you helped us raise more than $15,000 to Complete the Loop. With that funding, we built a new bridge and a gravel trail to separate pedestrians from car traffic. Now we’re working with a traffic engineer to implement a striping and paving plan for the remaining 1000 feet including the intersection on the southeast corner of the lake near the bird sculpture.

Join us in the park during the #bigpayback on May 6, and give your input on the proposed plans. Find out more about the Complete the Loop project.