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Nashville classifies city parks by seven categories—pocket (parks with less than three acres like Sally Beaman Park in Green Hills), neighborhood, community, regional, signature (Riverfront and Centennial Parks), special use (areas like Nashville City Cemetery) and greenway corridors.

Neighborhood parks currently makeup 511 of the city’s nearly 16,00 park acres. Of the 4,500 acres Nashville plans to add to the existing park system by 2026, 226 acres are planned for neighborhood parks. The areas, which range from three-20 acres in size, account for more than 30 of the city’s 185 parks.

Woodmont Park

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• Address: 912 Estes Rd, Nashville

• Acres: 3.24

• Year established: 1988

• Park features: playground, picnic shelters, basketball courts, tennis courts and walking paths

According to Friends of Woodmont Park, a non-profit ground that supports park efforts, the park was established in the 1980s when Nashville closed Woodmont Elementary School. The school buildings were demolished in 1985, but the recreation fields were left intact. Since then, Metro has added tennis courts, a basketball court, walking trail and the park’s first playground. From 2009 to present day, $75,000 worth of improvements have been made to the park from donations, grants and cooperation with Metro Parks.

Elmington Park

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• Address: 3531 West End Ave, Nashville

• Acres: 13

• Year established: 1927

• Park features: playground, baseball field, soccer field, tennis courts and community garden

Nashville residents have enjoyed Elmington Park and its features for more than 90 years. The park, located in the northernmost boundary of Green Hills, was created in 1927 when the Metro Parks Board purchased the land, originally part of Edwin Warner’s Elmington estate. West End School, then a high school and now a middle school, was built adjacent to the park in 1935.

Green Hills Park

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• Address: 1200 Lone Oak Rd, Nashville

• Acres: 12

• Year established: 1968

• Park features: playground, walking path, softball fields and a batting cage, tennis courts, picnic pavilion and grass berms

According to newspaper clips captured by the Friends of Green Hills Park, the late Senator Albert Gore Sr. and then-Representative Richard Fulton announced a grant of $205,625 for Green Hills Park, built in 1968 in conjunction with neighboring John Trotwood Moore Middle School. Established in 2015 by Lora Barkenbus Fox and Patrick Bradley, Friends of Green Hills Park have worked to maintain the park, implement new features and advocate for safe connections to the area.

Parmer Park

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 • Address: 578 Leake Ave, Nashville

• Acres: 8.39

• Year established: 1988

• Park features: playground, picnic shelters, baseball fields, basketball courts, walking paths, historic features (Parmer School remains)

Parmer Park spans 9 acres and is located in the middle of Belle Meade’s residential area. The park is home to playground equipment, fields for sports and other features, but there’s also historical significance. While you’re there, you can walk under the remains of Parmer School, an elementary school that burned down in 1985. The school operated from 1928 until 1982 and was lost to a fire three years after closing its doors.



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