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October 3, 2018

“A Walk in the Park”

CITIZENS FOR BRENTWOOD GREEN SPACE

Representatives from The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space presented a check for $11,000 to Brentwood City Commissioners at their Sept. 27 meeting, representing the net proceeds from the group’s 4th annual “A Walk in the Park” fundraising event.

“The turnout for this year’s event was amazing,” said Gil Hutchinson, long-standing president of Brentwood Green Space, a volunteer citizens group organized as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit corporation. “We had good weather and over 350 individuals and families in attendance.”

The WannaBeatles were a popular attraction
The WannaBeatles were a popular attraction. // SUBMITTED

A Walk in the Park took place at the 400-acre Marcella Vivrette Smith Park on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Among the attractions at “A Walk in the Park” 2018 were two hikes in Smith Park led by representatives from Nashville Hiking Meetup.

• The free concert by The WannaBeatles proved to be a big draw for local residents
• Kid’s activities included miniature train rides, face painting, balloon art, and a magic show

• This year’s Food Trucks were Blue Monkey Shaved Ice, Bradley’s Creamery, Banjo’s Fried Chicken & Waffles, and Banh Mi Vietnamese food
• Additional Food and Refreshments were provided by Brentwood’s Judge Bean’s BBQ and Jackalope Brewing
• An automobile display by Andrews Transportation Group featuring six vehicles by Cadillac, Jaguar and Range Rover
• Kristi Elzinga, CEO of Puffy Muffin Dessert Bakery and Restaurant, once again donated proceeds from the sale of commemorative Brentwood Green Space iced sugar cookies.

Blue Monkey Shaved Ice
Blue Monkey Shaved Ice was among the food trucks. // SUBMITTED

The check for $11,000 pushes the group’s total donations to the City of Brentwood to more than $223,000.

“In addition to this being our first event in September, we had support from several popular area food trucks and our featured musical talent, The WannaBeatles, proved to be a big draw,” Hutchinson said, noting that since 2015 the “A Walk in the Park” event has attracted nearly 900 attendees and raised about $47,000 for the City of Brentwood and Smith Park.

H. G. Hill Realty Company was the title sponsor for A Walk in the Park for the fourth consecutive year. The company’s bustling mixed-use center, Hill Center Brentwood, features more than 20 retailers, restaurants and commercial tenants including LBMC, First Tennessee Bank and Merrill Lynch. Restaurants include Uncle Julio’s, Holler and Dash,

children entertainment
Children’s entertainment was part of the program in the KidZone. // SUBMITTED

Nama Sushi, Chopt and Del Frisco’s Grille.

This year’s Gold Level sponsors included the return of Andrews Transportation Group and newcomer LBMC, both of Brentwood. Silver level sponsors included CityPark Brentwood (a Boyle Development), Enterprise Holdings, First Citizens National Bank, Franklin Synergy Bank, Highwoods Properties, The Mick Foundation, Reliant Bank, and UnitedHealthcare.

For the fourth consecutive year, the event was supported by local media partners from Brentwood Home Page, Williamson Herald, YOUR Williamson Magazine, and WAKM-AM radio. Event Day promotional sponsors and vendors included Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Brentwood Academy, Jackalope Brewing, Mere Bulles, Modern Acupuncture, Puffy Muffin Dessert Bakery and Restaurant, and Synergy

The citizens of brentwood
The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space board. // SUBMITTED

Realty Network.

The mission of Citizens for Brentwood Green Space, Inc. 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.

At 400 acres, Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is Brentwood’s largest park and the “crown jewel” in the Brentwood Park system. It has been conservatively estimated that more than 300,000 adults and youths will participate in activities and events held at the park each year.

The population within 5 miles of the park is 75,972.

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Details about The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space can be found at www.brentwoodgreenspace.org.

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