Franklin Parks Dept. & Friends of Franklin Parks to Cut Ribbon on Warm-Up Arena
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Just over one year after opening the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, the City of Franklin’s Parks Department and the non-profit organization Friends of Franklin Parks will cut the ribbon on an adjacent warm-up arena designed to accommodate a range of equestrian and other events. The celebration will be held on Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m., and the community is invited.
“This project is another great example of the way the public and private sectors are working together to continue enhancing our parks system,” said Paige Cruse, parks and recreation superintendent for the City of Franklin Parks Department. “Friends of Franklin Parks brought a significant financial contribution and a vision to the table, and our staff worked to execute the plan that we’ve had in place for Harlinsdale’s infrastructure around the multi-purpose equestrian arena.”
The approximately $50,000 project not only added a secondary warm-up arena to the Harlinsdale campus to better accommodate equestrian events, but it also added critical electrical, drainage and irrigation infrastructure that will support other activities in the park, both now and in the future.
Three different contractors (electrical, irrigation and drainage, and specialized arena footing) were engaged in the project, and were supported by the Parks Department’s Athletics and Maintenance divisions, who assisted with connections to existing utility systems and the construction of the cross-tie framework in which the arena base material sits.
Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill says the partnership with the Parks Department demonstrates how the timeline on long-range plans can be advanced with private contributions that benefit taxpayers and visitors.
“Friends of Franklin Parks is proud to be able to bring resources that enhance our City’s incredible parks system. This warm-up arena was supported financially by the Central Tennessee Dressage Association, because they see the value in having a fully built-out equestrian facility at Harlinsdale, but the Pilgrimage Festival was also able to take advantage of the new infrastructure in place,” Barnhill said. “It’s rewarding to see it all come together, and we encourage the public to join us in celebrating its opening.”
As part of the ribbon-cutting event on October 12, the Central Tennessee Dressage Association will host an equine demonstration, and the Boys & Girls Club kids who participate in Friends of Franklin Parks’ educational outreach program will also be on-hand. Light refreshments will be served, and officials will commemorate the occasion.
Friends of Franklin Parks Unveils Big Plans at Sixth-Annual Raise the Roofs
Bridge Across Harpeth, Horse Museum and Visitor’s Center at Harlinsdale on the Drawing Board
As a sellout crowd enjoyed food and drink from 17 different purveyors on August 19, Friends of Franklin Parks played a video highlighting the fruits of its partnership with the City of Franklin and unveiling big plans for future of the Harlinsdale Park campus.
“Our job is to bridge the gap between public and private, and to work with the Parks Department to preserve and enhance our park system. You see that manifested in the main barn at Harlinsdale, the old mare barn, in the Tractor Supply Co. Arena and now a new warm-up ring, but we want to do more,” explained Friends of Franklin Parks President Dr. Monty McInturff.
“Our plans now are focused on two areas: connecting all 16 of our Parks for the community, starting with a bridge from Harlinsdale across the Harpeth River; and bringing back the old power station there as a Harlinsdale Horse Museum and Visitor’s Center while continuing our work on the Main Barn and the Hayes House.”
Working with numerous stakeholders, including the City and the Chestnut Bend Homeowner’s Association, Friends of Franklin Parks is developing a plan to connect the park to existing trails on the other side of the Harpeth River, which would allow safe and easy access to Bicentennial Park and downtown Franklin on foot or bicycle.
The power station – built near the turn of the 20th century to supply coal-fired power to Franklin – was ultimately replaced by cooperative utility systems after the Great Depression. The historic building was heavily damaged during a storm in 2014.
“This is an opportunity to restore that building and create an educational experience that tells the story of the horse’s impact on middle Tennessee and the region, and serve as a destination for people exploring our parks,” McInturff said. “This Visitor’s Center, located right in the middle of Franklin’s ‘Central Park,’ will be the resource for anyone who wants to understand how to take advantage of everything the 16-park system offers, whether it’s history or hiking, floating, fishing, events or riding.”
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The sixth-annual Raise the Roofs event was presented by Kemp Orthodontics and Randy Jones & Associates.
Among a polo match and other horse demonstrations, Nashville’s own Americana-roots favorites Boy Named Banjo played throughout the evening. Bites from Buttermilk Sky Pie; Catering and Events by Suzette; Circa; Chuy’s; Daily Dish; Franklin Chop House; Jim ‘N Nick’s; Juice Bar Franklin; MAFIAoZA’s; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Padrino’s Pops; Pueblo Real; Scout’s Pub; Sperry’s; Taziki’s and Yat’s Cajun Creole will delight the crowd. Lipman Brothers and the R.S. Lipman Company will provide wine, beer and a specialty cocktail.
Additional sponsors include: Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Berry Farms, a Boyle Development; Berry Farms Animal Hospital; Bell & Associates Construction, L.P.; Burr & Forman LLP; Franklin Synergy Bank; Franklin Tomorrow; Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC; Stites and Harbison, PLLC; Tennessee Equine Hospital; TTL, Inc.; and Williamson Medical Center, along with CJC Technologies, Ford Custom Classic Homes, Lee Company, and Barry and Jackie Alexander.
"Raise the Roofs" Includes Auction of Champion Harlin Horses
In Honor of the Late Bill Harlin, Family Donates Three Horses and a Foal to Fundraiser
For the last three years, Harlinsdale Farm patriarch Bill Harlin has donated horses from his world-champion lines for auction at Friends of Franklin Parks' annual Raise the Roofs event. Harlin passed away in June at the age of 92, and now the Harlin family is honoring his legacy by offering three horses and a foal to the fundraising effort. Raise the Roofs is set for this Saturday, August 19, at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm.
"The Harlin family has contributed so much to our community, both with the sale of Harlinsdale Farm to become a public park and in supporting Friends of Franklin Parks' efforts to bring the horses back to that historic property," said Monty McInturff, president of Friends of Franklin Parks. "He left an incredible legacy, and the rest of the Harlin family has stepped up in a big way to continue supporting our efforts to preserve and enhance Franklin's park system."
The eight-year-old chestnut mare Summer Adventure and the chestnut colt by her side, born in April, are both rich with famous bloodlines tracing back to the original Harlinsdale Farm and its legendary stud Midnight Sun.
Mainly Rowdy, a handsome three-year-old gelding descended from two world champions, will be a great pleasure and trail horse for a child or adult. The chestnut horse has a beautiful flax mane and tail.
The third horse made available for auction at Raise the Roofs, the personal horse of the late Bill Harlin's wife Barbara, bears an uncanny resemblance to his predecessor Midnight Sun. Reggie Rowdy is a two-year-old black stallion has the same size, stamina and physical constitution of his ancestor, and Reggie's four-year-old brother recently sold for $18,000.
"These generous donations not only preserve and celebrate the legacy of Mr. Harlin and Harlinsdale Farm, but they will make great pleasure horses that families can enjoy riding for many years to come," McInturff said.
Saturday's Raise the Roofs event is sold out, but General Admissions tickets are available to a polo match that will be held as part of the event. Gates for the match open at 6 p.m., and the concessions stand will be serving food and drink.
Local restaurants, sponsors lined up for Raise the Roofs
More than a dozen local restaurants will be on hand for the sixth-annual Friends of Franklin Parks “Raise the Roofs” event on Saturday, August 19th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The evening of equestrian-themed fun at the Tractor Supply Co. Arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm is presented by Kemp Orthodontics and Randy Jones & Associates.
Among the polo match and other horse demonstrations, Nashville’s own Americana-roots favorites Boy Named Banjo will play throughout the evening. Bites from Buttermilk Sky Pie; Catering and Events by Suzette; Circa; Chuy’s; Daily Dish; Franklin Chop House; Jim ‘N Nick’s; Juice Bar Franklin; MAFIAoZA’s; Nothing Bundt Cake; Scout’s Pub; Sperry’s; Taziki’s and Yat’s Cajun Creole will delight the crowd. Lipman Brothers and the R.S. Lipman Company will provide wine, beer and a specialty cocktail.
“Raise the Roofs has become a late summer favorite, but it also serves a critical purpose in raising funds for our Franklin’s park system,” says Executive Director Torrey Barnhill. “We have some exciting updates to share on new initiatives, against the backdrop of the new Tractor Supply Co. Arena that this event directly supported in its first five years.”
Tickets, 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 $15.
Gates for the match open at 6 p.m. and the first ball drops at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available, as well as face painting and balloon animals for family fun.
Barnhill says tables and tickets are selling quickly, and she expects a sellout. All proceeds benefit Friends of Franklin Parks and the organization’s efforts to continually enhance and connect the City’s 16-park system.
“There’s something about horses, late summer and the historical significance of Harlinsdale Farm that make Raise the Roofs special,” she says. “We expect this year’s event to be the best one yet.”
Additional sponsors include: Amy Cross Nance, Attorney at Law; Berry Farms, a Boyle Development; Berry Farms Animal Hospital; Bell & Associates Construction, L.P.; Burr & Forman LLP; Franklin Synergy Bank; Jones Bros. Contractors, LLC; Stites and Harbison, PLLC; and Tennessee Equine Hospital, along with CJC Technologies, Ford Custom Classic Homes, Lee Company, and Barry and Jackie Alexander.
THANK YOU to our event sponsors & participating restaurants!
A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible! Buy tickets here:
Friends of Franklin Parks announces Sixth Annual "Raise the Roofs" Event at Harlinsdale
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.”
THANK YOU to our event sponsors & participating restaurants!
A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible! Buy tickets here:
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 www.franklintn.gov/parks. For more information, please contact the Parks Department at 615-794-2103.