About Us


Nashville Parks Foundation

There are 178 parks and 27 Community Centers in the Nashville Metro Parks system.

Nashville Parks Foundation, founded in 2015, is Metro Parks’ partner in ensuring our city’s park system continues to thrive and grow with the needs of the city.

 The foundation focuses on countywide equitable support with an eye toward public funding gaps. Striving to maximize the public benefit of Nashville’s spectacular park system and community centers, we work through creative collaboration and innovative partnerships.
Nashville’s parks are central to our identity as an active, sustainable, scenic, economically vibrant city. From vast natural areas to sports complexes, dog parks to trails, community centers to historic sites, after-school programs to fitness classes, arts events to kayak excursions, Metro Parks offers a wide range of places and experiences to enjoy.

Parks build community, promote public health, revitalize neighborhoods, function as green infrastructure to conserve and protect the environment, support the arts, and boost tourism.  Best of all, Metro Parks strives to provide the same high-quality services and access to everyone throughout Davidson County.  




Recreational activities supported by the
Nashville Parks Foundation include:


For additional information about Metro Parks, visit





Mr. Brian Taylor
President & Director

Ms. Christy Smith

Ms. Laurel Creech

Mr. Tim Netsch
Ex-Officio Director

Ms. Ivanetta Davis Samuels

Mr. Charlie Tygard

Ms. Tari Hughes

Ms. Monique Odom
Ex-Officio Metro Parks Director

Staff: Gretchen Pritchett, President/CEO