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.
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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Hayes House Restoration Project
The Hayes House was the historic Victorian farmhouse that long served as the anchor home for the Harlin family at Harlinsdale Farm. The Friends of Franklin Parks’ latest campaign is the complete restoration of the Hayes House. Friends revealed that more than $100,000 had been raised toward the approximately $700,000 project – and that anyone with an interest could get involved, one square foot at a time.
“People want to be a part of these important projects, and it costs about $200 per square foot to renovate a historic home in Franklin, so we’re selling square footage to our Friends,” said Torrey Barnhill, Friends of Franklin Parks executive director. “We can all ‘invest’ in a piece of the Hayes House – the ‘deed’ doesn’t come with any special privileges but the pride of knowing that we played a role in bringing it back to life.”
Once restored, the Hayes House could host special events, a fine art gallery, and offices to support the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. Friends of Franklin Parks plans to release the full restoration plans in the coming weeks. Anyone interested in getting involved can reach Barnhill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“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
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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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.