STYLE BLUEPRINT ARTICLE: Celebrating the Tennessee Centennial Exposition

Read this terrific Style Blueprint article about how The Conservancy is celebrating the historic Tennessee Centennial Exposition at our Gala.


Dine Out + Give Back

Our generous friends at Burger Up are helping us raise funds for Phase 2 of the Centennial Park Revitalization.

Here is how you can help:

Simply visit Burger Up's East Nashville location for lunch or dinner on Tuesday, October 10. They are located at 970 Woodland Street and open from 11 AM - 10 PM.

Burger Up will automatically donate 15% of food sales to the Capital Campaign for the Centennial Park Revitalization.

Dine Out and Give Back. It's that easy!


STYLE BLUEPRINT ARTICLE: This Nashville Treasure Keeps Getting Better!

March 20, 2017

Read this wonderful feature on Phase 2 of the Centennial Park Revitalization in the Nashville edition of StyleBlueprint.

Screen Shot 2017-02-22 at 2.36.44 PM.png

TENNESSEAN ARTICLE: Master Plan To Give Centennial Park New Life

February 13, 2017

In every conversation, one cannot avoid hearing it: 80 new people settle in our city every day, 30,000 people a year.

It is but a beginning.

Everywhere in the country, people suddenly have taken notice of Nashville. Its music, its food, its growing economy, its dynamism have made the city a magnet.

Accommodating this multitude, while keeping what we like about our city, is no easy task. We have to rethink our housing, our transportation, our downtown.

Failing would mean ending up with a subpar urban core, as so many American cities have done. Success could be building a jewel of a city that will provide happiness and opportunity for generations to come.

The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park believes that no long-term success for Nashville is possible without a vision for Centennial Park, the most treasured civic asset in our town, a 132-acre park in the center of the city that connects the Nashville community to its suburbs, adjacent counties and visitors from all over the globe.

Right now, The Conservancy is in the midst of the...


TENNESSEAN ARTICLE: Centennial Park $22M phase two renovation announced

Jen Todd, 6:23 p.m. CDT September 9, 2016

Centennial Park's next renovations include updates to the trail around the lake, the band shell and the Great Lawn with $22 million of public and private funding.

This launches the second phase of the 119-year-old park’s renovations, with construction expected to begin in the fall 2017.

"Tomorrow’s Centennial Park will be a remarkably beautiful place that will elevate all of the vibrant activity that already takes place there, and it will be designed to withstand the city’s growth for generations to come,” Mayor Megan Barry said in a prepared statement.

Barry’s approved budget allowed $5 million for the project, plus $10 million subject to approval by the Metro Council over the next two years, $5 million from HCA and other private donations. The $22 million is part of a $30 million fundraising goal.

Construction will include:

  • Re-engineered soil and drainage of the Great Lawn, the location of events like the bi-annual Tennessee Craft Fair, to drain quickly during rained-on events;
  • New...

PRESS RELEASE: $22 Million Public-Private Partnership Kicks Off Next Phase of Centennial Park Renovations

September 9, 2016

“Picture Your Park” campaign launched to invite community to participate in park improvements

Nashville, Tenn. (September 9, 2016) – Mayor Megan Barry, along with the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park and Metro Parks, today announced that a second phase of Centennial Park renovations is set to begin thanks to $22 million of public and private funding. The new project will focus on some of the most prominently-used features of the park – the Great Lawn, the band shell and the area surrounding Lake Watauga. Planning for the new improvements is underway, with construction expected to begin in fall 2017.

“During a time of extraordinary growth in our city, it is more important than ever that we remain responsible stewards of our most iconic landmarks, including Centennial Park,” said Mayor Barry. “Centennial Park is a center of culture and community enjoyed by all, and over the decades its popularity has caused it to become worn. Now, thanks to an extraordinary public/private partnership, we are positioned...

unnamed (8).png

PRESS RELEASE: Phase One Renovations to Centennial Park Complete

August 27, 2015

Mayor, Metro Parks and Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Celebrate Redesign of Park

Nashville, Tenn. (August 27, 2015)-Mayor Karl Dean, officials with Metro Parks and the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park today celebrated the completion of Phase One Renovations to Centennial Park. The much-anticipated project features the daylighting of Cockrill Spring, a dedicated space for the popular Musicians Corner, and a new parking area surrounding the Parthenon. The redesign of major spaces in the park is the result of the department’s 2010 Centennial Park Master Plan, which reprioritized green space to accommodate festivals, musical performances and recreation while also providing users with a respite from the urbanizing landscapes that surrounds the park.

“Since its creation over a century ago, Centennial Park has been at the heart of our city as a prominent place for community, music, recreation and the arts,” Mayor Dean said. “This public-private investment enhances the way visitors can enjoy the park’s beauty and sets...


PRESS RELEASE: Centennial Park's Cockrill Spring Sees Daylight After More Than a Century Underground

August 8, 2014

Mayor, Metro Parks mark start of construction for new pedestrian entrance of park showcasing restored spring as prominent interactive water feature

Nashville, Tenn. (August 8, 2014) - After more than a century underground, construction has begun to "daylight" the historic Cockrill Spring at Centennial Park. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean today was joined by leaders at Metro Parks and The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park to remove the cover at the base of Cockrill Spring to officially mark the beginning of the construction project.

The unearthed spring will be a prominent feature of a new pedestrian entrance into the park at West End Avenue near 27th Avenue North, where it will surface and spill into a meandering rill - a stone-lined channel - before sinking back into the ground where the water will be used to irrigate the grounds and supply Lake Watauga.

The revived spring is part of Phase 1 improvements for the park's comprehensive restoration that began last year. The Centennial Park Master Plan project is led by Metro...


PRESS RELEASE: Centennial Park Master Plan Now Underway

June 13, 2013

Ambitious six-phase process begins with restorations of water features throughout the park

Nashville, Tenn. (June 6, 2013) - Mayor Karl Dean, in partnership with Metro Parks and The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, today announced that dramatic renovations to Nashville's iconic Centennial Park are now underway. The announcement comes after an extensive planning process, which resulted in the 2011 release of a six-phase master plan to restore and enhance the park. Internationally renowned landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz is leading the project.

Phase 1 of the project will take two years to complete and revolves around restoration of existing water elements in Centennial Park including daylighting an untapped fresh water spring, Cockrill Spring, running beneath the park. The $6 million to execute Phase 1 has been secured through Metro Water Services, Metro Parks and over $1 million of private funding generated through The Conservancy.

Mayor Dean created the Centennial Park Master Planning Committee in 2008....