Loretta Lynn and Jack White were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame last week in downtown Nashville. In addition, both GRAMMY-winning artists joined Mayor Karl Dean and other dignitaries for the ribbon-cutting of the newly-renovated Walk of Fame Park.

“Great music and great parks are two of my favorite things, so it’s a very special occasion to open this fantastic new park and induct two incredible artists into the Music City Walk of Fame,” Mayor Dean said. “Walk of Fame Park is an expression of what our city is all about: a place that celebrates and honors great music — because music makes Nashville what it is.”

Also on stage for the ribbon-cutting were Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch, Metro Parks Board Chair George Anderson, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. President and CEO Butch Spyridon and NCVC Board Chair-Elect Beth Courtney.

With the addition of Loretta Lynn and Jack White, the Walk of Fame boasts 63 stars.

[quote font_size=”18″ bgcolor=”#” color=”#” bcolor=”#” arrow=”yes”]”Nashville has been so incredibly open and supportive of what I and everyone at Third Man Records have tried to create since day one, and I will never forget it,” said Jack White. “Art can thrive in oppressive conditions and also in supportive ones. I thank the community of Nashville for being the supportive kind and giving back to us.”[/quote]

Lynn and White’s permanent sidewalk medallions are a part of Walk of Fame Park across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bridgestone Arena.

“Loretta Lynn and Jack White capture the spirit of today’s Nashville — spanning multiple musical genres and generations,” Mayor Dean said. “It’s more than fitting that they joined the Walk of Fame together today.”

Today’s event officially reopened the downtown park, which has undergone renovations to allow for more usable green space. The improvements also include increased electrical and sound capabilities for events and an enhanced Nashville Music Garden, which is home to nearly 300 roses.Music_City_Walk_of_Fame_Park_sign,_Nashville

“Walk of Fame Park is one of Nashville’s most used and beloved parks,” said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks and Recreation. “We are excited to re-open the park with a new look and new features that will enhance our ability to meet the needs of this popular location.  Walk of Fame Park is a great example of the importance of open space and park land in our urban center that serves both residents and out-of-town visitors.”

The Music City Walk of Fame was created in the fall of 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. It is a landmark tribute to those from all genres of music who have made significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration.

The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Guitar and sponsors Durango Boot, Hard Rock Café, the City of Nashville and Metro Parks. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee.