After the City of Dickson purchased the former Dickson Country club and completed its initial cleanup efforts, the new 126- acre Henslee Park will be ready to open for limited outdoor activities on Friday Oct. 19.
The new park will be open from sunrise to sunset primarily for walking, jogging, running, and bicycling.
Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. said that it is time the city’s residents had the opportunity to begin enjoying the city’s latest addition. He also want residents to enjoy the park during the fall season before the weather gets too bad.
“We are still evaluating and brain-storming on how best to utilize the new Henslee Park to enhance the recreational opportunities for the city,” said Weiss
Parks Superintendent Cherie Wilson said most of the cart paths will be open to walking, biking, jogging, and running. Some of the 4.99 miles of cart paths are in need of repair and have been closed for safety. The paths will be used for mixes use, meaning runners and bicyclists will need to be careful sharing the space. Also off limits are the privately owned homes and condos of the West Hills development that is located within the park.
No motorized vehicles such as golf carts, ATV’s, UTV’s, or dirt bikes and no skateboards to roller-skates are allowed on the property. Dogs are allowed in the park but must be on leash at all times. Bicyclist under the age of 16 must wear a safety helmet as it is required by state statute.
Swimming, wading or boating on the ponds within the park is prohibited. Also like all city parks, drugs and alcohol are not allowed. At this time, the former country club building remains closed to public access.
Weiss is very excited about the potential for growing the recreational opportunities with the addition of Henslee Park.
For more information on the opportunities with Dickson Parks and Recreation Department, call 615-446-1721 or visit cityofdickson.com or the City of Dickson Parks and Recreation page on Facebook.