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Citizens for Brentwood Green Space Reaches Halfway Point Toward Smith Park Goal

The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space presented the City of Brentwood a check in the amount of $10,000 at the August 22, 2016, Brentwood City Commission meeting. This is the sixth check presented to the City for Marcella Vivrette Smith Park and makes the total donations from the group and its donors over $150,000.
CBGS formally announced a goal to help raise $300,000 in late 2011 towards the acquisition of the remaining 77.89 acres at Ravenswood Farm, which was later acquired in early 2014.  Remarked President Gil Hutchinson “CBGS continues to push to add green space in our community.  With this payment, a total of $150,534.69 has been paid project to date. Tonight’s presentation marks an important milestone in our organization’s history as it represents the “Half Way Mark” towards our goal!”  These funds helped Brentwood purchase the remaining acres at Ravenswood Farm and add future amenities at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, including the development of a new picnic shelter as part of the City’s Phase II expansion.



CBGS Holds Brentwood's first-ever "Volkswalk"

The Citizens for Brentwood Greens Space wrapped up its first “A Walk in the Park” event at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park. The weather cooperated and close to 200 people attended the event.  As a result, we will be able to provide the park system with some much needed funds for future amenities and improvements.
Volkswalk Sponsors

We’d also like to thank the Ravenwood Interact Club, Troops 08 and 93, Brentwood Academy's Balloon Man, Kroger grocery stores, and the many individual volunteers that helped out and made this happen.  A very special thanks to the City of Brentwood and their staff that allowed this event to take place!

City Commission Approves Resolution for Exercising 80 Acre Option

Smith Park 80 Acre Option

Many thanks to the City Commissioners for unanimously approving the purchase of the additional 80 acres for Smith Park. As much work and planning still needs to be done, the CBGS looks forward to working with the City and the community in helping provide input and private donations in the months to come for the development and enhancement of this "crown jewel". Click on the links below to view citizen comments and exerts from the recent City Commission meeting.

Background Information About the Option

Resolution Authorizing Exercise of 80 Acre Option

Option Property Map

Citizen Comments for Support of Purchase


Commission Discussion and Vote on Option


Phase 1 of Smith Park Underway

Phase 1 of Smith Park is slated to open in 2014 ... more

Puffy Muffin Introduces Iced Sugar Cookie With Proceeds Benefiting Brentwood Green Space!

Brentwood-based Puffy Muffin Dessert Bakery & Restaurant has put good taste back into fundraising. The restaurant and bakery sells an Iced Sugar Cookie in the shape of Brentwood Green Space's logo as part of an ongoing year-long fundraising effort. The over-sized sugar cookie is coated with thick white icing and decorated with green icing in an outline of a heart and leaf design. "We loved the idea," said Lynda Stone, Owner and Founder of Puffy Muffin. "We are very supportive of Brentwood Green Space's efforts to protect the park, open space and trail areas in the city and we felt this was a creative way to support those efforts on an ongoing basis." The cookies are ideal for birthday's anniversaries, company outings, and catered events.

Puffy Muffin has committed to donating 10% from the sale of each cookie to Brentwood Green Space. The bakery also syncs the cookie's decorations with popular holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and more. For now, the cookies are only available in the Brentwood location on Franklin Road.

According to Puffy Muffin, sales of the Iced Sugar Cookie have been brisk. Brentwood Green Space has already been approached by other local companies about doing similar things with their products.

Puffy Muffin Introduces Mardi Gras Cookie Benefiting Brentwood Green Space!

Brentwood-based Puffy Muffin Dessert Bakery & Restaurant has released a new Mardi Gras themed design for its Iced Sugar Cookie benefiting Brentwood Green Space! The bakery donates ten percent of each themed cookie sale to The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space (more).

Puffy Muffin Introduces Valentine Cookie Benefiting Brentwood Green Space!

Brentwood-based Puffy Muffin Dessert Bakery & Restaurant has released a new Valentine’s Day themed design for its Iced Sugar Cookie benefiting Brentwood Green Space! Late last year the company introduced the new oversized cookie as a standing item in its bakery at the Brentwood location and announce a long-term commitment to donate ten percent of each cookie sale to The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space. Cookie sales have been brisk and Puffy Muffin presented its first check to our group on February 2nd!



The online auction for the Ravenswood Mansion painting shown above has ended.  We appreciate your participating in bidding for this painting. The online auction was held in conjunction with the Brentwood Green Space "Walk in the Park" event held at Vivrette Smith Park on October 30, 2016.  
Bidding for the painting ended on November 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm central time. This one-of-a-kind, "Walk in the Park" commemorative painting of Ravenswood Mansion was donated by local Williamson County artist Mike Moyers, who is known for his knife-edge style and brightly hued nature settings.  You may view the winning bid at: Painting Auction
All proceeds from the painting, less any costs, will be given to the City of Brentwood by the Citizens for Brentwood Green Space for enhancing Smith Park.

CBGS Participates in Arbor Day Festivities

The city of Brentwood’s Tree Board held its annual Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 2 at the Brentwood Library. The celebration featured activities, balloons for children handed out by CBGS, displays by tree-related vendors, hotdogs, free seedlings, and a visit from Brentwood Fire and Rescue.  At the celebration, Citizens for Brentwood Green Space had a display to answer questions from citizens about preserving green space and the current state of build out.

CBGS Reaches Halfway Mark Toward $300,000 Smith Park Goal
Second Annual Walk in the Park
August 2016 Newsletter
Brentwood 2020 Plan-Final Document
Disappearing Open Space
(Brentwood HomePage Article)

Powell Park Dedicated
Several generations of the Cooper Family and City Commissioners welcome in the new Powell Park.  After many years of deliberation and planning, the new Margaret Hayes Powell Park is open for business!  The City of Brentwood held a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Saturday, April 20 to mark the grand opening.  The 24 acres of passive parkland is located near the southeast corner of Virginia Way and Granny White Pike, right across the street from Brentwood Academy.  

According to the City’s website:  "Ms. Powell was born in 1889 and died in 1970. She was the daughter of Lysander Hayes (i.e. direct descendants to the original McGavock family that settled in Middle Tennessee after the American Revolution). Hayes owned the Midway Plantation, which at one time included the Brentwood Country Club, Meadowlake, McGavock Farms, and the Virginia Springs office park area. Ms. Powell grew up on this property, rode horses, etc. When she became an adult, she married a Powell and moved to Johnson City, Tennessee."

Brentwood now has 11 active parks, covering over almost 888 acres of parkland.

Brentwood City Commissioners Dedicate new Powell Park


Brentwood Green Space Presents First Check to City Commission for Smith Park
At a February, 2013 Commission meeting, Gil Hutchinson, president of Citizens for Brentwood Green Space (CBGS), presented a $20,000 check to the Brentwood City Commission to go toward the purchase of the optional 80 acres for Smith Park.  The check is part of the $300,000 goal set by CBGS to help with the purchase.  The cost for the additional 80 acres for Marcella Vivrette Smith Park is $3 million.  The city hopes to purchase the property, located on the northwest corner of Ravenswood Farm, from The Conservation Fund which holds an option on it.  In December 2010, the city paid $10 million for 320 acres of adjacent property – the city’s largest land purchase -- for the new city park. The Conservation Fund facilitated that purchase from the Smith family.

Hutchinson updated the commission on the non-profit’s fundraising activities on behalf of the capital campaign which is expected to involve both public and private funding. In April 2012, the city officially partnered with Citizens for Brentwood Green Space to help raise funds for the purchase as well as future park facilities and improvements.  Please help with this optional purchase by
donating now.  


Citizens for Brentwood Green Space Announces Results Of City Commission Candidate Questionnaire
Citizens for Brentwood Green Space (CBGS) President Gil Hutchinson today announced the results of a recently completed survey of candidates running for the Brentwood City Commission. “As in the last election, questions were put together by our Board of Directors to help the community gain a better understanding of where each candidate stands on preserving our cherished green space,” remarked Hutchinson. “These are really strong questions and we have very clear responses. We believe people interested in green space preservation can formulate a view towards who they will vote for from these questions and answers”.  ...   more


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