Nashville Board of Parks and Recreation
|Headquarters||2565 Park Plaza Nashville, Tennessee|
|Parent agency||Nashville, Tennessee|
The Nashville Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation (commonly, Metro Parks and Recreation or Nashville Parks and Recreation) is the municipal board that is responsible for maintaining the parks system of Nashville, Tennessee, and furnishing recreational opportunities for city's residents. The board maintains over 10,710 acres (4,330 ha) of park space. The Board boasts over 100 stand-alone parks and 7 municipal golf courses.
Nashville's first park, Watkins Park, was founded in 1909.
Nashville Parks' most famous attraction is the Parthenon, based in Centennial Park, which is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It was originally built in 1897 for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition.
Nashville Parks also runs the nearby Centennial Sports Complex, which has an Olympic-sized pool, an ice rink, and a workout area. The Complex rink is home to the Nashville Predators's practice facilities.
- Shelby Park
- Warner Parks, home of the annual running of the Iroquois Steeplechase, Tennessee's only graded stakes race.
- Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation official site
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