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Join the Friends of Franklin Parks for a Volunteer Day/Park Clean-Up event! Volunteers will meet at Harlinsdale Farm from 8AM – 12PM. Some of the clean-up tasks will include painting fences, paint touch up of barns, and filling in holes near the canoe access and Innerurban. Supplies will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a pair of gloves. To sign up for this beautification opportunity, contact Torrey at tbarnhill@friendsoffranklinparks.org.


Friends of Franklin Parks spent a fun day with students from the Boys & Girls Club at Eastern Flank Battlefield Park enjoying Bingo, a corn hole tournament, coloring, a visit from a Water Specialist from the city talking about our water and Harpeth River, and a very special lunch guest, Mayor Moore. We originally had planned for a historic hike, fishing and horse clinic at Harlinsdale but we picked another great park for indoor activities due to the rain.

A very special thank you to FirstBank for being FOFP's partner and sponsoring our educational program this year. And thank you to Tennessee Equine Hospital for sponsoring lunch!

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Pinkerton Park Storybook Trail Opens This Month


The City of Franklin Parks department has partnered with Friends of Franklin Parks and the Williamson County Library, to create a new opportunity for children and families at Pinkerton Park. On March 2nd, officials cut the ribbon on the new Storybook Trail, an interactive walk and read experience along the trail at Pinkerton Park. Mayor Ken Moore was present to read a story and even a few furry friends from the story were on hand!

Franklin Parks Facilities Superintendent Kevin Lindsey says, “There will be twenty different spots along the trail for children and parents to stop and read a story about forest animals as they walk along the trail.”

Executive Director of Friends of Franklin Parks, Torrey Barnhill says, “We saw a similar experience when we were at a parks conference last year and knew we needed to bring the storybook trail to the children of Franklin. We are so excited to cut the ribbon and let families enjoy this new interactive attraction at Pinkerton Park.”

The exhibit will be ongoing throughout the year and the goal is to change the story annually. Parents can also purchase the book with proceeds benefiting Friends of Franklin Parks. Contact Torrey Barnhill at tbarnhill@friendsoffranklinparks.org for questions or visit friendsoffranklinparks.org.

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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