Monthly Park Newsletter

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Park Updates

Davidson and Shelby Drive Bridges

The Davidson and Shelby Park Drive bridges are nearly complete with guard rail installation happening now and final paving to follow shortly. At Davidson St. the last step will be installing bollards and pavement markings for bicycle and pedestrian lanes in both directions. The bridges will tentatively reopen next Wednesday, October 7.

Sevier Lake Loop

It's only been a month since our last update and already the gravel trail is complete giving park users another 950 feet of separated trail! The next step is working with Metro Parks to determine the best route for the final 1000 feet. Thanks to our friends at W&A Engineering for helping us with a survey of the final stretch.

Park User Survey

Friends of Shelby needs your input about the park. Take 5 minutes to provide input on facilities, programs, and activities in the park. We want to understand community needs and advocate for you!


Shelby Bottoms Nature Center Fall Programs

Nature Center programs resume October 1st - with limited numbers and a brief health screening. Nature walk, full moon hikes, and youth birders club are just a few of the activities available. Check out the full schedule here

The Shelby Bottoms Nature Center is open for drop-in visitors Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Be sure to bring your mask!

Shelby Community Center Extended Hours

Starting October 5th, 2020 the Shelby Park Community Center will have new hours. Monday - Friday 11 am to 7:30 pm. The center also continues to offer free grab-and-go lunches for students from 11 am to 1 pm every weekday.

Keep an eye out for fall programming and after school (limited capacity) activities as Nashville Parks continue their safe opening. Follow Shelby Park Community Center on Facebook to stay up to date.


Cave Spring Rain Garden Planting

Thanks to over 40 volunteers who worked very hard over two days to remove concrete and regrade the spring channel at Cave Spring. Read more about the project and the benefits of depaving.

On Saturday, October 10 we're looking for volunteers to distribute new soil, place river rock, and plant new perennials to help complete the project!

Events and Happenings

Cornelia Fort Picnic Party is back!

Thanks to you, we sold out of our first 100 Cornelia Fort Picnic Parties in less than a week! So, we're doing it again in October and adding some Halloween themed goodies.

The October picnic features snacks from Lillian St. Bread and In Good Company. Each cooler comes with a bottle of wine from Woodland Wine Merchant and a six-pack of beer from Yazoo Brewery.

This month we're also featuring a Cornelia Fort reusable grocery bag from our friends at Morgan Dale Law.

Picnics are on sale now for pick up on Friday, October 30
Grab yours before they're all gone!

Golf Fun at VinnyLinks

First Tee of Tennessee and Vinny Links Golf Course have two upcoming opportunities to get on the links. The VinnyLinks Fall Classic and the Halloween themed VinnyLinks Glow Golf Event.

Email the tournament director to register


Membership Matters

Board Member Spotlight

Ronald Gooch is Mr. East Nashville

Shelby Park has been in my life since the beginning; playing baseball at Shelby Park in the Jess Neely Baseball League and football through P.A.L. (Police Athletic League), my passion and love of community began there.

I love East Nashville. While working as the Community Outreach and Fundraising Director for the Margaret Maddox Family YMCA, I also chair the board of the East Nashville Chamber of Commerce and coach baseball with East Nashville Athletics.

Now as a Friends of Shelby board member I am excited to work on improving a park that has brought me and my family so much joy throughout the years and engage with neighbors so that the benefits of the park can be realized by all members of our community.

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.

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