Save the Date for “Volkswalk” at Smith Park in Brentwood

The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space (CBGS) announced  Brentwood’s first-ever official “Volkswalk” will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2015, at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park on Wilson Pike. The walks will begin at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.on the day of the event.

BGS_WalkInTheParkLogoThe event is called “A Walk in the Park” and was created through a partnership between The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space and the local chapter of American Volkssport Association (AVA). A Volkswalk is a non-competitive walk that is open to the community.

“It’s not a pledge walk or a competitive race, a Volkswalk is a fun activity you do with your family, with your employees, your club, your pet, or all by yourself!” said CBGS President Gil Hutchinson. “We are excited to be partnering with the AVA to bring this officially sanctioned event to Brentwood.” Citizens for Brentwood Green Space, Inc. is a volunteer citizens group organized as a non-profit (501c3) corporation. The mission of the organization is to preserve open space in Brentwood the form of parks, trails, historic sites, and flood plains while being sensitive to the rights of landowners and developers.

According to Hutchinson, this non-competitive walk is open to any individual, family, club or team and participation is not restricted to just Brentwood or Williamson County residents. “There are several trails of varying lengths in the park to choose from and walkers can start their walk anytime between 7:30 am and 9:30 am on the day of the event,” said Hutchinson. “This walk will bring our community together while supporting a terrific cause – Brentwood Green Space!” Hutchinson says all net proceeds from the event (total funds collected minus the cost of the event) will go towards amenities and improvements at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park.

Other event facts include:

 Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for children, and includes a commemorative t-shirt for early registrants

 Walkers can also receive AVA credit by registering at the AVA table on the day of the event.

Cost is $3 for credit and $5 for credit and new member packet.

 There will be a 3.1 mile (5 km) or 6.2 mile (10 km) courses for those seeking AVA credit

 There will be shorter courses for casual walkers who just want enjoy a morning in the park

 Event sponsors will have tables at the event with information and product samples

 Team registration for clubs, organizations, companies, groups is welcome and encouraged

The title sponsor for this first-ever Volkswalk is H. G Hill Realty Company, which has several large projects underway in Middle Tennessee including Hill Center Brentwood at the corner of Maryland Way and Franklin Road. “We are pleased to support this event to raise funds for Smith Park and applaud the Citizens for Brentwood Green Space for their efforts to work with the City of Brentwood

to enhance the area’s extensive park system,” said Jimmy Granbery, CEO of H.G. Hill Realty

Company. “It’s public-private partnerships like these that continue to contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by those who live and work in this thriving community.”

Event sponsors committed to date include Middle Tennessee Ear, Nose & Throat, United Healthcare,

Signature Volkswagen/Hyundai of Murfreesboro, CareHere, The Mick Foundation, Grove Park Construction, Brentwood Home Page, Williamson Herald, YOUR Williamson Magazine, WAKM-AM radio, Screamin’ Screens Media, and Wheelhouse Marketing Advisors. “Commitment from the local business community for this inaugural event so far has been phenomenal,” added Hutchinson. “We are excited to have some of the area’s top companies involved and expect others will participate as sponsors or will organize teams to walk at the event as well”.

At 400 acres, Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is Brentwood’s largest park and the “crown jewel” in the Brentwood Park system. Activities and events will be held at the park throughout the year. The area’s population within 5 miles of the park is over 75,000.

“The Walk in the Park event sponsored by Citizens for Brentwood Green Space is a great opportunity for both businesses and residents to join together to support efforts to preserve green space and enhance Smith Park,” said Regina Smithson, Mayor of Brentwood. “We want to encourage everyone to participate in this exciting event on October 10 and help raise funds for this important purpose.”

Registration for the event is now open at Registrations received before September 27 will receive a commemorative “Walk in the Park” t-shirt on the day of the event.

About Citizens for Brentwood Green Space, Inc.

The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space, Inc. is a volunteer citizens group organized as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. Our mission is to preserve open space in the form of parks, trails, historic sites, and flood plains while being sensitive to the rights of landowners and developers. CBGS desires to assure that ongoing development of land resources is accomplished in a way that is beneficial to landowners, to existing citizens of the city, and to future generations of Brentwood residents. For more information please visit, our Facebook site “Brentwood Green Space” and Twitter @BrentwoodGreenspace. For additional information contact: Gil Hutchinson, President of Brentwood Green Space at 615-300-0647


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