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Friends of Warner Parks

Our start

Warner Parks saw an era of decline in the 1960s and 1970s that lead to the formation of Friends of Warner Parks by a group of concerned neighbors. Using New York’s Central Park Conservancy as a model, Friends of Warner Parks was founded in 1987. At the time, it was the second such friends group in the nation formed to support a metropolitan park.

What we do

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, local companies, organizations, and foundations, Friends of Warner Parks has invested over $30 million to date into the Parks, making it a model for metropolitan parks nationwide. In close partnership with Metro Nashville Parks & RecreationFriends funds or oversees most of the trail maintenance and invasive plant control in the Parks. Friends also supports Warner Park Nature Center staffing and program funding through its annual budget and grant writing efforts, and undertakes capital campaigns to secure new land, and build or repair structures and facilities. The public-private partnership between Friends and Metro Parks leverages taxpayer dollars and charitable contributions to accomplish more than either entity could do separately.

To educate and engage Park visitors and foster the next generation of stewards, Friends of Warner Parks funds a variety of programs and camps for families and individuals, students and teachers, and aspiring park professionals. 

As Warner Parks are part of Davidson County’s outstanding public park system, Metro Parks operates and sets all policies Warner Parks. The Metro Parks leadership and board are involved in all Park planning, and must approve all capital improvements Friends of Warner Parks seeks to undertake before a campaign is launched. In addition, administration, law enforcement, maintenance, and permitting are under the exclusive domain of Metro Parks.

Where we’re going


Friends of Warner Parks is committed to sustaining this operating model of partnership with Metro Parks, and engagement of all park users in stewardship, in order to protect and preserve this natural area for posterity.

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