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Due to weather, Yoga in the Park has been rescheduled for June 28.

Help us celebrate the International Day of Yoga! Bring your yoga mat or blanket & come join us for a free family day of Yoga fun, health & wellness! This celebration will include family yoga, GOATS, office yoga, mommy & me yoga, giveaways, and so much more! Festivities begin at 10AM at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

Click here for a complete schedule of events!

 2018 Raise the Roof Chairs, Michael and Ann Frances Barker and Natalie and Adam Ballash.

2018 Raise the Roof Chairs, Michael and Ann Frances Barker and Natalie and Adam Ballash.


Chairs Planning Best Party of the Summer for August 18th at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – The seventh-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event promises to be the best party of the summer, including bites from some of Franklin’s most wonderful restaurants, plenty of equestrian-themed entertainment, and an evening of music to close out the night.

The event, to be held Saturday, August 18th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., will take over the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, with the party following on the lawn of the Main Barn. The evening will kick off with an interscholastic polo match in the Arena, then transition to the main event that includes great food, drinks, live entertainment and a silent auction. Tickets are available for $125 per person, and all proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s incredible park system.

Chairs Natalie and Adam Ballash and Ann Frances and Michael Barker have spent the spring months planning the event. Adam Ballash, president of the Friends of Franklin Parks Board of Directors, is the development director in Boyle Investment Company’s Nashville office, and Natalie Ballash is a former Vanderbilt Medical Center clinical psychologist. Michael Barker, also an officer on the Friends Board, is the relationship manager at FirstBank’s Downtown Franklin branch, while Ann Frances Barker is a reading coach at Kenrose Elementary School. The Ballashes and Barkers are both parents of young children, active users of Franklin’s parks and longtime community volunteers.

“Our event chairs are perfect representatives of the type of community leaders who make our work possible: business leaders, parents and tireless supporters of non-profit initiatives, and we are very thankful for their willingness to serve,” said Torrey Barnhill, executive director of Friends of Franklin Parks. “This is an event that people look forward to all year long, because it’s unique and fun and is dedicated to a cause that people hold dear. We’re all excited to see the chairs’ vision come together as we prepare for our largest fundraiser of the year.

“Friends of Franklin Parks has used the proceeds from this event to build the multi-purpose arena at Harlinsdale, to contribute to improvements at Pinkerton Park, and to plant the seeds that will grow into additional enhancements of our incredible park system and trails,” Barnhill said. “We’re looking forward to sharing our vision for the future at the seventh-annual Raise the Roofs.”

Tickets are to purchase online here. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. For sponsorship information and other details, please contact Barnhill at or by phone at (615) 674-5388.

 Work continues on upgrades to the Tinkerbell Pavilion at Pinkerton Park!

Work continues on upgrades to the Tinkerbell Pavilion at Pinkerton Park!


Noticed the work happening at Pinkerton Park? It is the start of the concrete ping pong table and ADA accessibility to the Tinkerbell Pavilion. This project is in partnership with Leadership Franklin, Friends of Franklin Parks and City of Franklin! Click here for more information!

Please consider donating to this project!

Friends of Franklin Parks, Inc. exists to cultivate stewardship within our community to preserve our cultural and natural resources, enhance the park experience and expand its legacy for future generations.

Our Mission
Friends of Franklin Parks is a not-for-profit organization that formed to bridge the gap between the services and amenities offered by government funding and those that allow us to take full advantage of the incredible natural and historic resources of our community. 

Working closely with the City of Franklin and its Parks Department, the public-private partnership is dedicated to identifying needs that exist within the 16-park system, casting a vision for future enhancements and connecting the dots between existing public open spaces. 

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“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike.”

— John Muir

Our Projects
In April 2016, the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm was opened to the public, and now holds polo matches, equestrian events and other fun activities throughout the year. Friends of Franklin Parks raised the funds to construct the Arena, in conjunction with the City's Parks Department and a host of corporate and individual partners. As a result, the horses have come back to this historic farm at the northern gateway to Franklin. 

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  The Harpeth River  by Tom Thomson

The Harpeth River by Tom Thomson


acres of parkland in Franklin, Tennessee


of Franklin residents rate the Parks system as important to our quality of life


of Franklin's Parks are still being completed


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Become a Friend of Franklin Parks! As a public-private partnership, our work depends on the support of individuals, families, corporate partners and other non-profit organizations. By becoming a Friend, you can help us preserve our community's historic and natural resources and enhance our incredible park system. 

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