Mayor Hosts ‘Walk 100 Miles’ at Mill Creek Greenway at Mill Creek Park
Mayor, Parks Preview New Stretch of Greenway
Addition of 60 Acres of Park Land Announced
NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Mayor Karl Dean joined with Nashvillians at the new Mill Creek Greenway at Mill Creek Park today for a community walk as part of the Walk 100 Miles with Nashville healthy living campaign. The walk was a preview of the new greenway, which will officially open later this fall. Prior to the walk, Mayor Dean was joined by Metro Parks, the Greenways Commission and Greenways for Nashville to celebrate the opening of the 1.78-mile stretch of greenway on 70 acres of open space acquired during Mayor Dean’s first term.
“Southeast Davidson County is our fastest growing area where there is a need for more parks and greenways,” Mayor Dean said. “I am pleased that this land and scenic greenway create a Shelby Bottoms-type resource and passive recreation experience for the many residents and neighborhoods there.”
Participants walked 3.5 miles with Mayor Dean. The Mill Creek Park property was the first park land acquisition during Mayor Dean’s administration. The land is nestled in a large bend of Mill Creek with 1.5 miles of creek frontage. The park and greenway serve nearby subdivisions, including communities in Lenox Village, Sugar Valley and Mill Run.
During this morning’s event, Mayor Dean announced that Metro, in partnership with the Land Trust for Tennessee, has acquired 60 additional acres of park land that will become part of Mill Creek Park. The combined 130 acres will create a large natural area that will include active recreational activities, passive open space and a greenway to serve the Antioch and Cane Ridge communities.
The Walk 100 Miles with Nashville walking movement is a follow-up to the highly successful Walk 100 Miles with the Mayor initiative. Mayor Dean is encouraging all Nashvillians to create or join a walking group and then motivate each other to walk 100 miles during the summer of 2014. More information is at www.Walk100Miles.org.
To take the Walk 100 Miles with Nashville challenge, participants need to create a personal profile on the website www.walk100miles.org. They can choose to join a group or walk on their own, then log their miles online. Everyone who reaches 100 miles this summer receives a free tee shirt.
New to this walking campaign, the city’s free NashVitality mobile app includes a mileage-tracking feature. Walk 100 participants can track and log the miles they walk right on their phone using “Record a Workout” after creating a profile on the Walk100Miles.org website.
The NashVitality app, which is free at the Apple App Store and on Google Play, is a mobile guide to being healthy, active and green in Nashville. It includes interactive maps of Nashville’s parks, greenways and sidewalks.
Other Walk 100 Miles with Nashville walks to be hosted by Mayor Dean include the following (schedule subject to change):
- Thursday, Aug. 21, 6:30 p.m., Bells Bend: 4 miles
- Monday, Aug. 25, lunchtime, Downtown: 2.5 miles
- Saturday, Aug. 30, 8 a.m. Public Square: 4 miles