Ban lifted on running at Brentwood park

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Monday night, Brentwood city commissioners heard from residents about trail usage at the new Smith Park in Brentwood.

Afterward, the commissioners approved a resolution to allow running and jogging on the natural trails, although the new resolution comes with provisions.

Those provisions are: Runners must yield to slower runners and walkers. Groups of joggers or runners must not exceed five people. Hiking, jogging or running off the trails is not permitted.

Richard Kenmuir speaking to the Brentwood commission
Richard Kenmuir speaking to the Brentwood commission

Park rules before Monday night’s vote prohibited bikers, runners, joggers, and horseback riders on the more than six miles of unpaved trails. The horseback rider ban remains.

Brentwood resident and avid trail runner Richard Kenmuir began an online campaign to allow runners on the trails when the park first opened.

Kenmuir told News 2, “I’ve been running and running on trails for a fairly long time and it’s an absolutely wonderful experience. It’s so nice to be able to get out into nature and to be able to run on a trail that’s natural as opposed to pounding it out on miles and miles of asphalt.”

His Facebook page for the cause garnered more than 1,000 likes.

Regarding Monday night’s unanimous decision by the City Commissioners, Kenmuir said, “I’m absolutely delighted that it’s finally come to an end.”

The park, which opened in November 2014, spans nearly 400 acres.

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