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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The historic Main Barn at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

The historic Main Barn at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm.

Historic Main Barn at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm

A nationally known horse breeding facility established in the 1930s just north of downtown Franklin, Harlinsdale Farm was purchased by the city of Franklin in 2004, placed under a permanent conservation easement in 2007, and opened to the public shortly thereafter.

Harlinsdale Farm has been called the most significant historic farm associated with the Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. In 1933, W.W. Harlin established the farm on the northern outskirts of great renown in the fledgling Tennessee Walking Horse Industry. From the 1940s until the early 2000s, the farm served mainly as a breeding operation, run by the Harlin Family. Friends of Franklin Parks aims to assist the City in restoring this famous Tennessee landmark.

The historic Main Barn at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm is an iconic symbol in our community. This year, Friends of Franklin Parks has pledged $300K to this restoration project. With the help from our community, we have reached close to $260K in support of this effort! Please consider helping us get this important project under way! We are offering several sponsorship opportunities, including the Yearling Club Sponsorship at $1,000 (online payment is available below). Please contact us at 615.674.5388 for information on other sponsorship levels.  

Main Barn Sponsorship
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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


Get Involved

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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If you would like to volunteer, please send us a note.