Sarah Benson Park
Sarah Benson Park, named for a former alderwoman who had a strong desire to protect natural resources for future generations to enjoy, was the Town’s first park. Sarah Benson, along with the Town’s community association, acquired the roughly 27 acre park site for the benefit of the community prior to the incorporation of the Town. The park lies in the heart of town center across the street from the renowned Tennessee Equine Hospital and features a playground, active and passive field areas, a one mile walking loop with exercise stations and roughly three acres of multi-use trails which connect the park to the ball fields behind Heritage Elementary and Middle Schools. In recent years, Mars PetCare in conjunction with the Town developed a dog sensory garden to engage and provide recreation for our four legged friends. Each year this park hosts events and festivals that bring the community together in celebration of the seasons and is a landmark to the community.
- Miles of jogging paths with workout equipment installed throughout
- Alexander Trail connects over the southern hill to Heritage Park (bike friendly)
- Playing fields
- Two Pavilions and a Stage (available for rent)
- Mars Dog Sensory Garden
- Restrooms/Water Fountains
- Hours of use are Dawn to Dusk, unless approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board through an Event Permit or by the BOMA through a Special Event Permit.
- All dogs shall be leashed, except within the fenced areas at Nutro Dog Park. Dogs shall always be under the control of their owner/caretaker. All dog waste shall be cleaned up by the owner/caretaker.
- Adult supervision is required for all minor children.
- The following are strictly prohibited:
a) The consumption, possession, or usage of alcohol
b) Smoking, including vaping
c) The use of personal fireworks and/or sparklers
e) Glass containers
f) Harvesting firewood and/or cutting/removal of any trees
g) Fires, except for the grills provided in Sarah Benson Park
h) Littering and/or dumping
i) Signs/bills, including political signs
k) Removal of cultural/historic artifacts. This includes a prohibition of metal detecting, unless associated with a Town approved archeological/historic investigation; an approved educational program/class; a state sponsored archeological/historical; or request by law enforcement.
l) Unauthorized motorized vehicles, including drones
m) Camping/Overnight Parking
n) Commercial/For-profit activities, unless approve by the Parks Board in advance.
o) External equipment (bouncy house, tents, trailers, port-a-potties, etc.) unless approved as part of an Event or Special Permit.
5. Any event over thirty (35) people or as deemed by Town Staff shall require the approval of an Event Permit from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Event organizers are solely responsible for all activities associated with their event, including clean up. Special Events may also be authorized by the BOMA.
SBP1. Bikes are only permitted on Alexander Trail (part of Heritage Park, connected to Sarah Benson Park).
SBP2. Pavilion/Stage rentals for groups under thirty-five (35) people shall require staff approval of the rental application. Rentals for groups of over thirty-five (35) or as deemed by Staff people require an Event Permit from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.