In December 2010, the City of Brentwood acquired 320 acres of the historic Ravenswood Farm property on Wilson Pike from the family of the late Marcella and Reese Smith for development as a park The park, to be known as the Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, will be largest in Brentwood as well as the City’s largest ever land purchase.
With forested wildlife habitats in their natural state and hiking trails for outdoor enthusiasts, the land adds a new feature to the City’s comprehensive park system. The site also has sufficient land for additional multipurpose athletic fields.
The property also includes the historic Ravenswood home. Ravenswood was built in 1825 by James Hazard Wilson II. It was 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. For a history of the Ravenswood property, please click here.
Park Master Plan
|The City of Brentwood recently completed a master plan to guide the future development of Smith Park. The plan calls for the park to be accessed from a new road that would connect to Wilson Pike opposite Split Log Road to create a four-way intersection. This new access road will include a bridge over the CSX railroad and elimination of the existing at-grade driveway railroad crossing. Planned internal park improvements include renovation of the Ravenswood home and surrounding historic facilities for use by the public for special events (i.e. weddings, corporate events, etc.), development of hiking trails and associated trail heads within the wooded areas of the property, construction of four unlit multipurpose athletic fields used primarily for practice purposes, and a paved multi-use trail that will connect to the City's existing trail network. The plan also includes an area reserved for possible development of segregated mountain bike trails. |
Engineering and architectural design work is currently underway on the first phase of park improvements, to include the new access road, limited hiking trail development and associated parking area, renovation of the Ravenswood home and parking areas to support public use of the historic home. This first phase of improvements is scheduled to be complete and the park open to the public by the end of 2013.