To facilitate activities, programs, services, partnerships, and events that support the usage, enhancement, conservation, and preservation of
Mill Ridge Park for the health, recreation, education, and cultural enrichment of Southeast Nashville and Davidson County.



Mill Ridge Park as a destination park that welcomes the diverse community of Southeast Davidson County (and beyond) with facilities, programs, services, activities, and events for outdoor activities, recreation, and education through productive partnerships and sustainable resources facilitated and bolstered by a successful FMRP.


Our work, in pursuit of our mission, is guided by an organizational value of the following:

  • Healthy and active living

  • Inclusion, diversity, culture, shared space

  • Equitable access to outdoor space and recreation

  • Environmental protection, nature conservation

  • Historical preservation

  • Sustainability

  • Partnership

  • Agriculture

Our Team

Staff Members

Darrell Hawks, Executive Director

Board of Directors

Cristina Allen, Caliente Consulting
Councilmember Jacobia Dowell, Metro Council District 32
Ben Freeland, Chair, Freeland Management and Auto
Angela Goddard, Joe C. Davis Foundation
Leah Hashinger, TIRRC
Katrina Howchin-Tucker, Asurion
Kevin Hudson, Dollar General
Jackie Jones, Metro Parks
Chimen Mayi, Renaissance Hotel
Susan Rice, Freeland Auto).   

Regional Advisors

Including local elected officials, residents, employees, employers, educators, community organizers, environmentalists, outdoor enthusiasts, and more.   

Contracted Professional Services

Strategic consulting by Hall Strategies (June-November); bookkeeping by ———; graphic and web design by Circa Design; and payroll by ADP.





Our startup was made possible by foundational support from:


Our future is sustained by the generosity of partners and donors: