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Musicians Corner Nominated for Award

Salute To Excellence

The Conservancy is so proud to be recognized as a finalist for a 2014 Salute to Excellence Award at the Center for Nonprofit Management's annual celebration of nonprofit achievement. Our Musicians Corner program has been nominated for the Frist Foundation Innovation in Action Award which recognizes organizations who have developed innovative ways to fulfil their missions, on a large or small scale, through original and creative means beyond the usual concepts of management or service-delivery. We certainly believe Musicians Corner has accomplished this feat and are honored to be selected along with other nominated programs the Nashville Public Library Foundation: Limitless Libraries and Tennessee Foreign Language Institute: ESL to Go. An award of $25,000 will be presented to the winner, and $7,500 will be granted to the other two finalists at the CNM Salute to Excellence recognition dinner on September 23, 2014. In all, over $210,000 will be bestowed upon the winners of this year's awards, reaffirming our community's support of nonprofit achievement.

Musicians Corner was the recipient of the 2013 SunTrust Business Acumen in the Arts Award at last year's ceremony for its continued success in demonstrating business acumen to implement and execute the mission of the agency to create "high community impact." Record-breaking attendance of over 30,000 people at Musicians Corner's recently concluded Spring Season has proven this level of impact and engagement in our community and we are looking forward to continuing this success when our Fall Season begins September 6th.


Help The Conservancy Maintain Our Park's History


Did you know that on this day, 117 years ago (May 1, 1897), The Tennessee Centennial and International Exposition began in Nashville to celebrate 100 years of Tennessee in the union? The Parthenon in Nashville was built for the exposition and is the only surviving structure from the celebration. The original exposition grounds is now our beloved Centennial Park. Help us maintain our wonderful park's history by supporting The Conservancy during the #BigPayback on May 6th.

For more information, please visit TheBigPaybackorg..


Dredging of Lake Watauga

Flurry of activity for Centennial Park's Master Plan in Spring 2014

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Summer 2013 was Centennial Park's last "summer of slime"! An integrated water quality strategy is currently underway that will ensure a cleaner, clearer, more beautiful Lake Watauga. Dredging of lake sediment was preceded earlier this winter by relocation of the lake's fish and the eradication of a highly invasive exotic snail. A new aeration and circulation system is being installed along with floating wetland islands. Roots of Joe Pye Weed, Iris, Sedge and other native plant species growing on the islands will absorb phosphorus and other water pollutants. Think butterflies!

Additional improvements planned for next year will include rain gardens that filter storm water before it enters the lake and a significant increase in the flow of Cockrill Spring water to the lake.

Decades of sediment accumulation, poor water circulation and other conditions have resulted in poor water quality, poor aquatic habitat, and negative visual impacts for park visitors. Planned improvements will address all of these issues utilizing best practices in stormwater treatment and water quality management. As one of the park's few remaining historic features from the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, and one of the park's most popular destinations today, this project will make Lake Watauga more beautiful and more sustainable.

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Phase 1 of Centennial Park's Master Plan Begins Construction

Phase 1 of Centennial Park's revitalization is set to begin this winter with the dredging of Lake Watauga followed by the daylighting of Cockrill Spring and construction of Musician's Corner in the spring of 2014.

Click the press release below to learn more.

Press Release for Phase 1

Conservancy Gala Slideshow

Select the photo for the complete slideshow from Rusty Terry of The Tennessean.

Pictured: Conservancy Gala co-chairs Bert and Brooks Mathews, left, with Victoria Ziegler and Tom Carnell at The Conservancy Gala - Designs in Verde, a fundraiser for the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, held on the shores of Lake Watauga in Centennial Park.