Brentwood resident Shannon Hankins has been running in Smith Park since it opened five years ago.
"I love it," she said after completing a jog in the sweltering heat last week. "It gets me off the streets, because I'm used to running on the streets and almost got hit a thousand times."
There's six miles of trails tough enough to challenge hikers or an intrepid cross-country team. There's the 200-year-old Ravenswood mansion, which the city rents out for private functions. And, at 400 acres, this is Brentwood's biggest park.
The city of Brentwood was able to buy this land in part because of the so-called Hall income tax, Tennessee's 87-year-old tax on earnings from stocks and bonds. Revenue from the tax is split between the state and cities.