5 Questions With Lisa Clayton, City of Franklin Parks Director

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Lisa Clayton

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LisaClaytonPilgrimage Festival takes place September 26th- 27th in Franklin at Harlinsdale Farm.  We sat down with the Park Director for City of Franklin, Lisa Clayton,  to talk more about the impact of the festival, how the city became involved and if Lisa has a favorite in the lineup so far that has been announced for the festival.


Can you tell us your role with the City of Franklin?
I am the  Parks Director for the City of Franklin. I came to the City of Franklin Parks Department in April of 2002 from Jonesborough, TN to lead the organization as Parks Director. I am responsible for Franklin Parks’ leadership, administration and management of its career and seasonal employees.  I have  (15) fifteen years experience in parks, natural resource and recreation management with major accomplishments in strategic planning, organizational and employee development, fiscal management, facility improvements, community relations and customer service.


How did the City of Franklin become involved with the Pilgrimage Festival?
The Park at Harlinsdale Farm is a 200-acre park that was home to the TN Walking Horse for many years until the original owners (Harlin Family) sold the property to the City and now is a community park that specializes in community events, equestrian and passive activities. The City was approached by the event planners with one of them living in the area that utilizes Harlinsdale Park for their exercise regimen. They saw what a wonderful space it would be for a family to enjoy great music, food and quality of life. 


What economic impact will the festival have for the  City of Franklin?
 Currently it’s too soon to tell but even if we receive just 50% of their projected attendance, it will be considered a successful event. They are projecting around 15,000 attendees  each day of the music festival.



Will  the Pilgrimage Festival be the  first of many events to be held at Harlinsdale Farm? 
 Harlinsdale was host to over 100,000 in attendance last year and has been gradually growing since 2011. This will be the largest event on the property to-date.


What performer are you most excited to see during the festival?
It really is not about one but the fact they have brought such wonderful talent from several genres of music that is going to be exciting not only for me but our community. The superb talent they have planned is going to provide an amazing couple of days on the farm! 

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