We mourn the senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless other Black Americans. Black Lives Matter, and we condemn racism while recognizing the grief and pain the Black community has faced and is still experiencing.

Uncomfortable truths exist in the history of the public land we support, including the inequality of segregation that prevented Nashville’s Black community from accessing Centennial Park for decades. While Centennial Park Conservancy promotes inclusivity, we recognize there is more that can be done.

We will continue to foster discussions around race, justice, and equality in our educational programs. We will broaden programming that showcases artists of color. We will promote local businesses owned by people of color. We will partner with community organizations focused on enacting positive social change. We will continue to prioritize a board, staff, volunteers, and interns that reflect the diversity of our community. Above all else, we are committed to working with our partners at Metro Parks to ensure that Centennial Park is now and forever a gathering space welcoming to all.