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Nashville’s 622-acre Mill Ridge Park opens in Antioch

The park — touted as one of the city’s largest regional parks featuring the biggest playground in Davidson County — held its grand opening on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Here’s what we saw.

A close-up of the playground's five-story tower and slide.

The slide is a focal point of the playground area.

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Metro Parks’ latest addition officially opened on Aug. 16 across from Cane Ridge High School in Antioch — 12847 Old Hickory Blvd. Mill Ridge Park spans 622 acres, so allow us to map out the need-to-knows before you decide to park it and explore for the day.

A paved trail with new trees lining it and a meadow in the distance.

You’ll find us getting our steps in on the trails each spring and fall.

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🌳 Dissecting the development

Officials identified the Antioch area as the last quadrant of the county still in need of a large-acreage park. It was included as part of the 2017 Plan to Play initiative, which acts as the blueprint for Nashville parks and greenway systems over the course of 10 years. Construction on Phase 1 of the park began in spring 2021.

A single blue and yellow basketball court with two goals.

Invite your friends for a weekly pickup game on the new courts.

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🌳 Spotlighting features

  • For the kids: Largest playground in the county and a five-story climbing tower and slide
  • For the sportos: Basketball courts and fitness equipment for outdoor workouts
  • For the social butterfly: Event lawn for community performances and festivals + picnic shelters

Of course, green space is also a primary focus with as many as 300 new trees dispersed throughout, paved and primitive trails, and grassland meadows. Pro tip: There’s a map of the park’s four hiking trails — ranging from moderate to difficult.

While strolling through the park, make a pit stop at the permanent, interactive public art installation, “Whistle, Two, Ready!” As you walk past a series of five bollards, you’ll hear student recordings from the Cane Ridge High School Band.

Multiple covered picnic shelters with picnic tables under them.

The park’s picnic shelters make hosting a gathering simple.

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🌳 Upcoming programming

Friends of Mill Ridge Park wasted no time organizing special events so you can see the park and enjoy all that it has to offer. Add these upcoming must-dos to your calendar:

  • Outside Cinema | Friday, Aug. 18 | 8 p.m. | Watch “Minions: The Rise of Gru” under the stars while munching on provided popcorn.
  • Farm Friends | Tuesdays + Thursdays, weekly | 9-11:30 a.m. | Volunteer to help with a variety of farm-related tasks like planting, farmhouse repairs, and park beautification.
  • Cook Out | Wednesday, Aug. 30 | 6:30 p.m. | Roast hot dogs and stay later for an ice cream social, blue supermoon watch party, and night walk through the park.

Continue exploring events.

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