Explore Your Greenways

Explore Your Greenways

Winter is definitely here, but the days and hours we can spend outdoors in daylight are growing by minutes each day. With Spring just around the corner, now is the time to get familiar with the enjoyable outdoor spaces Nashville offers its residents and guests. It may seem hard to find nature in an urban setting, but in addition to its city parks, Nashville boasts almost 90 miles of paved greenways that connect people and activities throughout the city. It’s time to take a second look at your greenways!

If you haven’t picked up a copy of the brand new Nashville’s Greenways Map, you can download it, or submit a form for a paper copy to be mailed to you. Also, be sure to download the NashGr app on your mobile device for when you’re on the go. As you explore, you might wonder what you can do to keep our green spaces healthy and thriving.

March 3, 2018 is Nashville’s fourth annual Weed Wrangle. These events help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species. During the event, experts will train volunteers how to correctly identify and remove invasives and which native species to plant in their place. Socket, in partnership with Greenways for Nashville and the Cumberland River Compact, is hosting a Weed Wrangle event on the Cumberland River Greenway! To register as a volunteer, visit the Hands On Nashville sign up page.

If you’d like to get a head-start on those pesky plants in your own yard, be on the lookout for some of the most common invasives in our area: bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy, and winter creeper. Unsure how to identify these plants? Locate educational resources from the Tennessee Invasive Plant Council here.

Nashville’s greenways and open spaces sustain our spirits and our love for the City. As Nashvillians, it is our privilege, in turn, to sustain these spaces through our actions and choices. So grab a Greenway Map and hit the trails. And don’t forget to pull an invasive plant or two while you’re out there!

 

Blog author, Mr. Jake Rachels, is the Division of Sustainability Spring 2018 Intern.

Read 614 times Last modified on Friday, 02 February 2018