Franklin, TN Parks Continue to Improve

By Laura Hill on October 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm EST


Whether you’re a runner, a swimmer, a ballplayer or just a nature-lover, Williamson County parks have a place for you.

The county is widely known for its bounty of great parks and recreational facilities – 31 in all – that encompass everything from athletic fields to indoor swimming to community centers to wide-open green spaces. After all, that’s what people have come to expect in this growing community.

"The whole thing is for everybody to use these facilities,” says Doug Hood, Williamson County Parks and Recreation director. “Would you really want to live somewhere without great parks and recreation? That would be like living in a place without great schools.”

The county’s facilities are continually being improved and expanded to meet its growing population. Most recently the “mother ship” recreational facility in Franklin underwent a $900,000 renovation and expansion in 2012 that gave it a new and expanded exercise room and equipment, a game room, and offices “that should hold this department for the next 20 years,” Hood says.

Also in the works: Bending Chestnut Park, a 300-acre passive park featuring walking trails and an emphasis on nature; development of the old Battle Ground Academy campus on Columbia Avenue into a community theater and senior citizens center; Timberland Park on 80 acres off the Natchez Trace Parkway; the Osburn Park soccer complex; and a new recreation center in Nolensville that will feature a wellness center, classrooms, basketball courts and other services.

Find out more on parks in the Franklin, TN area.

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