Brentwood’s Mayor and other city officials celebrated the completion of Phase 2 improvements at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park in Brentwood on Sunday, October 8, 2017. Construction on the $2.25 million project started in October 2016 and recently concluded. Improvements include extending the “loop road” and bike path on the south side of Ravenswood Mansion, as well as the construction of two multi-purpose athletic fields with irrigation, parking, new restrooms, a picnic shelter, and a playground.
At today’s ceremony, Mayor Jill Burgin said, “When we purchased the Smith Park land in 2010, Brentwood was dedicated to making sure we develop this park into a grand community greenspace for our community. Today, as we celebrate another phase of this park’s development, we remain dedicated to greenspace and our commitment.” Today’s event was held in coordination with the Brentwood Greenspace’s A Walk in the Park annual fundraiser. Over the past two years, the event has raised more than $20,000 for the City of Brentwood with more than 500 volunteers and attendees.
Commissioner Regina Smithson, a member of the Park Board, who was unable to attend the event Sunday said, “I hope those who live on Wilson Pike and those on the other side of the city make a trip to Smith Park to see how beautiful the trails and now the athletic fields are. It’s not everywhere you have a historic home like Ravenswood Mansion nestled in the middle of a fabulous park setting.”
Gresham Smith and Partners worked with the City of Brentwood to design the park improvements. Division 2 was the building contractor.
Smith Park, originally known as Ravenswood Farm, is located on the west side of Wilson Pike, south of Split Log Road. The city acquired 320 acres in 2010 from the family of the late Marcella and Reese Smith. In 2013, the city bought another 80 acres. The park officially opened to the public on November 8, 2014. Today the park includes six miles of walking trails, picnic space, and the historic Ravenswood Mansion. Ravenswood was built in 1825 by James Hazard Wilson II and named for Sam Houston whom the Indians affectionately called “the Raven”. Houston was best man at the wedding ceremony of Wilson and his bride Emeline in 1821.