July Newsletter


Park Updates

Continue to Keep Your Distance

Thanks to everyone who is keeping a safe distance, staying home when sick, and wearing a mask when necessary in the park.


Shelby Nature Center Is Open

While programming is on hold, the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is open! It remains a great resource for park information, nature activities, and a fun activity book to engage nature lovers and novices.

Find center hours and information online


Bridge Updates

Shelby Bottoms Bridge #5

Due to weather and COVID related issues, the final bridge repair work is still incomplete. The contractor should be back on site the first week in August. Work will include repairs to the Shadow Lane greenway trail where heavy equipment has damaged the pavement.

Sevier Lake Loop Bridge

Following a small ribbon cutting with Mayor Cooper, Metro Parks, and Bell & Associates Construction on July 8, work commenced on the new pedestrian bridge on the north end of Lake Sevier. Once the bridge is complete we will begin preparations for the gravel trail to be installed this fall.


Thank You, Jerry!

A special thank you to Superintendent of Grounds Maintenance, Jerry Terfinko (above right) who has recently retired from Metro Parks after 34 years. Jerry has been a great friend to Shelby Park and Bottoms over the years. We will miss you!

Fishing in Lake Sevier

Lake Sevier is part of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency's trout stocking program. The program provides numerous close to home trout fishing opportunities for anglers during the winter months. The program provides a great opportunity to introduce children or first-time anglers to fishing. Additionally, back in June the TWRA stocked the lake with 500 pounds of Catfish.

Keep in mind, you need a license to fish in Tennessee unless you are under the age of 13. For more information on fishing licenses and rules for the State of Tennessee check out the TWRA website


BEER FOR TRASH! - The Cornelia Fort and Bottomland trails need your help.

Join Friends of Shelby on Saturday, August 8 in Shelby Bottoms as we pick up tornado debris along trails in Shelby Bottoms. We'll have ambassadors with trash bags at the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Fortland Drive trailheads with trash bags and water. Leave full bags along the trail and the great crews with Parks Maintenance will pick them up.

Thank you to our friends at East Nashville Beer Works who are offering a buy one get one pint of beer, or carry out a $10 six-pack, to all volunteers (over the age of 21) after the event. Show us a picture of your bag of trash and you'll get the secret code to redeem for your beer.

Restoring Beech Grove Hill

Thank you to Nashville Tree Conservation Corps for the donation of 10 beech trees and to the group who helped plant them! These American Beech were planted on Beech Grove Hill (where the community center sits today), which historically had many large beech trees - it is a mostly northern facing slope which beech trees love!

The trees were a bit shocked by being planted in June and lost leaves, but they are being tended to by Friends of Shelby and Shelby Community Center staff and should survive the summer!


Events and Happenings

Shelby Bottoms Blackberry Recipe Contest

Congratulations to the winners of our first annual contest, mom and daughter pair Allison and Kat. Their Blackberry Balsamic Baguette was a hit with the judges. Pictured below are the winning entry and the winners enjoying their recipe at Lockeland Table during Community Hour.

Thank you to our local partners at Lockeland Table, East Nashville Farmers Market, The East Nashvillian, and Sweet 16th Bakery.

See all the winners on our website here.


Fundraiser Float

On Sunday, August 16 Cumberland Kayak is hosting a discounted float on the Cumberland River benefiting Friends of Shelby.

Use the code SHELBYFRIENDS to receive $10 off, and Cumberland Kayak will donate an additional $10 to Friends of Shelby.

Register for the float online. Go to Skyline Paddle --> Skyline Paddle at Shelby Park (No Van) on August 16 at 10 am.


Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party

Due to setbacks in Nashville's COVID caseload, the Cornelia Fort Pickin' Party is now planned for Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th, with tickets going on sale in the next two weeks.

This year's Pickin’ Parties will be COVID-aware and set up with everyone's safety in mind. Tickets will be sold for a-distanced pod. Each 10’ x 10’ pod can accommodate up to 6 people and will be spaced 8’ apart. Each pod comes with a cooler filled with goodies including a six-pack of beer from Yazoo Brewing Company, a bottle of Wine from Woodland Wine Merchant, and yummy snacks from Mitchell's Deli.

Giving Back

Shelby Park and Bottoms Specialty License Plate

Preorder your exclusive Freinds of Shelby - East Nashville specialty license plate and turn $35 into $15,000 in dedicated funding for the park you love. We're nearing 400 preorders. Tell your friends and help us reach 1000 plates!

Membership Matters

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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