Friends of Franklin Parks announces Sixth Annual "Raise the Roofs" Event at Harlinsdale

2017 Raise the Roofs Event Chairs Chad and Kelly Dannenfelser and Renee and Ashley Hill.

2017 Raise the Roofs Event Chairs Chad and Kelly Dannenfelser and Renee and Ashley Hill.

The sixth-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 a polo match to cap off the evening.

The event, to be held Saturday, August 19th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., will take over the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, with a tented grass berm and the natural beauty of the farm as a back drop. Tickets to the event, which includes food, drinks, live entertainment and a live and silent auction, are available for $100 per person. And for the first time, a general admission ticket is available to watch the polo match for $10. All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s 16-park system.

Chairs Renee and Ashley Hill and Kelly and Chad Dannenfelser have spent the spring months planning the event, along with Design Chair Stacey Perry of Down to the Wire. Ashley Hill, a Friends of Franklin Parks Board member, is executive vice president and chief banking officer at Franklin Synergy Bank, and Renee Hill is a tax and estate administration paralegal at Bass, Berry & Sims. Chad Dannenfelser, also a Friends Board member, is neuroscience area manager at Avanir Pharmaceuticals, while Kelly Dannenfelser is a long-range planning supervisor with the City of Franklin.

“We’re fortunate to have both the leadership of our Board and event chairs as well as the support of the community as we approach our largest fundraiser of the year,” 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.

“Friends of Franklin Parks has used the proceeds from this event to build the multi-purpose arena at Harlinsdale, to contribute to the restoration of the main barn and to provide the seeds that will grow into future enhancements of our incredible park system and trails,” Barnhill says. “We’re looking forward to sharing our vision with the community at Raise the Roofs.”

A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible! Buy tickets here:

Raise the Roofs Tickets


Equestrian Trails open to public at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm

From the Williamson Herald
March 29, 2017
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the Equestrian Trails at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm was held Monday afternoon.

Trails will be open to the public. 

The new equestrian trail is open to all horse and stable owners as a self-guided trail throughout the park, uniquely located next to historic downtown Franklin. The trail features 2.62 miles of standard trail and .33 miles of advanced trail throughout the historic farm, once known as the birth place of the modern Tennessee Walking Horse. 

The ceremony was followed by a reception at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena with food by Catering and Events by Suzette. From the city and parks department, Mayor Ken Moore, Lisa Clayton, Eric Stuckey, Kevin Lindsey and Executive Director of Friends of Parks, Torrey Barnhill and Dr. Monty McInturff were all in attendance.  Members of Friends of Franklin Parks, Franklin alderman Brandy Blanton, Heritage Foundation members and community leaders and friends also attended.

Trail and park amenities include trailer parking, tie rails throughout the trail course, rules and information kiosk, and restrooms. The trail will be open for public use on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays from 30 minutes prior to the official sunrise, to 30 minutes after the official sunset.

The trail was funded by a Recreation Trails Program grant, which aims to provide trail funding for recreational uses. The City of Franklin Parks Department staff constructed the trail and amenities. 

For a detailed listing of trail rules and regulations, please visit the City’s website at For more information, please contact the Parks Department at 615-794-2103.