February Park Newsletter
Photo credits: Todd Cantrell
Shelby Specialty Plate Progress
Anthony Davis, Chuck Meade, Ketch Secor, Lilly Haitt
We Get By With A Little Help From Our Friends
Thanks to you and some great friends we are getting the word out about the Shelby Park and Bottoms specialty license plate! We are now at 565 per-orders - only 435 to go.
Haven't preordered your plate yet? Get all the details on our website.
Winter Wonders - Frogs
Spring Peeper, American Toad, Upland Chorus Frog
Late winter into early spring is an excellent time to hear frogs throughout Shelby Bottoms.
Check out areas of standing water for the powerful songs of Spring Peepers and Upland Chorus Frogs: amphibians not much larger than your fingernail. The Upland Chorus Frogs are the earliest breeding frogs in Tennessee and sound like running your finger along a comb, often heard during warmer days throughout the late winter months. Approach quietly and bring binoculars (or borrow some from the Nature Center) to catch a glimpse of these tiny creatures.
While a chorus frog calling might tell us it is 45F degrees outside in late Winter, a tree frog calling might tell us of pending rain later in the year, take notes: nature’s cues are fascinating! In the coming warmer months, we will highlight additional species of frogs that you will hear calling in the bottomlands.
Pickle Ball At Shelby Community Center
Pickleball is a fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. It can be played as a doubles or singles game and enjoyed by all ages and skill levels.
Pickle Ball is from 10:100 am to 12:00 pm Mon, Tues, Fri, and Sat.
Capacity is limited to 8 people.
The Shelby Park Community Center Winter 2021 Schedule can be found here
Spring Youth Sports in Shelby
There's still time to register for spring sports!
East Nashville Soccer has announced they will have a spring season - Continue to check their website for updates
Youth Baseball with East Nashville Athletics - Get more details and register today!
ReLeaf Tree Planting
Join Friends of Shelby and the Nashville Tree Foundation for a family-friendly tree planting on Saturday, March 6. This event is part of the Releaf campaign, which aims to restore Nashville's urban canopy after losing thousands of trees in the March 2020 tornado. Volunteers will plant trees around Shelby Park in areas that suffered severe damage from the tornado.
Volunteering is best in a small group. Join the Margret Maddox YMCA, Lockeland Table, and Warner Arts Magnet Elementary and sign up today!
Time slots available beginning at 9:00 am
Sign Up Now To Plant a Tree
Vinny Links Clean Up
Join First Tee of Tennessee and Friends of Shelby for a fun volunteer opportunity at Vinny Links Golf Course on Sunday, February 28th from 12 to 1 pm. You'll have the opportunity to keep the clubhouse and course beautiful by pulling weeds and tending landscape beds, picking up trash, and cutting back brush.
Sign Up To Volunteer
Events and Happenings
Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party 2021
We'll be live and in-person this spring - social distant style!
Tickets will be sold in PODS of 2, 4, or 6 people for the May event, and capacity will be limited based on city guidelines for each event.
Want to volunteer for the show in May? Sign up here.
Sponsoring the Pickin' Party is a great way to support Shelby Park and Bottoms and to reach thousands of East Nashvillians! Check out the sponsorship opportunities here.
Friends of Shelby 2020 Accomplishments
Photo credits: Jai Sanders, George Uriah, Kate Harris, Duane Stephenson
While 2020 was a challenging year, the importance of our park has never been clearer. Thank you for joining us in volunteering, events, membership, and fundraising in support of our amazing treasure.
Click to see the full 2020 Year in Review