Brentwood, TN Parks Enhance the Lives of Residents

Brentwood parks do a lot in the way of enhancing quality of life for city residents.

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On Sunday, July 1, 2012 - 08:15

For Brentwood residents, life is more than just a walk in the park. Parks are a way of life.

With 542 acres of greenery blanketing the city, along with plans for another 320-acre park scheduled to open in spring 2013, the city of Brentwood is one of the most desirable living areas in Middle Tennessee.

The benefits of parks are numerous. In addition to providing a place to exercise, take the kids or just have some quiet time, parks help keep property values solid and provide a gorgeous green backdrop for Brentwood.

"In the fast-paced society that we live in, people are looking more and more for venues to spend their leisure time at with family and friends,” says Parks Director Dave Bunt.

"The city of Brentwood provides top-notch facilities for its residents to help meet that need. The parks are highly important to the residents and we enjoy city-wide support of the parks system.” 

A park trail system is one of the perks that appeal to city residents. With more than 15 miles of trails, Bunt says Brentwood “is always looking for connectivity of the trail system. We take pride in offering one the most developed systems in the state.”

Crockett Park and Granny White Park are two of the most popular areas. Both feature lighted sports fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and trails for walking and biking. Granny White Park covers 32 acres and its Rotary Pavilion is often used for company and organization gatherings, as well as family picnics.

Crockett Park spans 164 acres and hosts the summer Concert in the Park series, an annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration and includes the historic Cool Springs House, with facilities for receptions and community gatherings.

Marcella Vivrette Smith Park

At 320 acres, Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is almost twice as large as Crockett Park and was purchased by the city of Brentwood from the Smith family (who arranged to have it named in honor of their late mother) in December 2010 for $10 million. The buy supports a top priority for city residents in the Brentwood 2020 plan, which is permanent, open-space preservation.  

The park has nine miles of existing trails within a wide range of terrain, including forest and wildlife habitats. It is directly accessible from an arterial road as well as the city’s bikeway network. Residents can travel from the Brentwood Library to the new property via that network. Plans for the land include multipurpose athletic fields, an environmental center and more. 

In addition, the land houses Ravenswood, one of the most structurally sound and historically significant pre-Civil War mansions in the Middle Tennessee area. The mansion will be permanently preserved and used for the public’s benefit.

Deerwood Arboretum and Nature Center

The Deerwood Arboretum & Nature Center is a 27-acre natural area bordering the Little Harpeth River and showcases almost 70 different types of trees, along with migratory birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Sections of its trail connect Deerwood to Belle Rive Drive and there is a foot bridge over the river that leads to Kingsbury Drive in Laurelwood. The park also features bikeways, jogging trails and more.

The center has an education curriculum that is usable by schools and service groups.