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With construction of the new multi-purpose equestrian arena officially underway at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Friends of Franklin Parks is within striking distance of completing the fundraising campaign.


Franklin Synergy Bank, Infiniti of Cool Springs and Tennessee Equine Hospital have all committed to multi-year major gifts, and the organization has kicked off a commemorative paver campaign to push toward the finish line on the $1.1 million project.


“These three local companies have stepped up in a big way to help us complete the fundraising for the arena, and we’re now within sight of the finish line,” said Jamey Parker, who heads the development committee for the non-profit organization’s Board of Governors. “It is a testament to the kind of community support this initiative has generated, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their tremendous monetary support.”


Friends of Franklin Parks has also launched a commemorative paver campaign that offers a way for the public to support the project while becoming a permanent part of the arena’s history. The 5” x 10” laser engraved pavers will be the centerpiece of the walkway leading into the arena, and individuals, corporations and organizations can include up to three lines of text on each paver. Only 500 pavers will be sold at $250 each, and purchases are tax-deductible. For more information, visit


“This facility will be a gathering spot for the public, as it will accommodate a range of events and includes restrooms, a concession stand and other key infrastructure that hasn’t been available at Harlinsdale before,” Parker said. “Our vision is to bring horses back to this historic farm, but the facility will be a game-changer for the park.”


The major gift campaign has attracted the support of companies such as Franklin Synergy Bank, Infiniti of Cool Springs and Tennessee Equine Hospital who see the potential and want to be a part of the next chapter in the nearly 80-year-old farm’s history.


“It’s the quality of life that makes Franklin such a special place to live and do business, and Harlinsdale is our Central Park,” said Infiniti of Cool Springs Owner Carmine Grassi. “For Infiniti of Cool Springs, it’s an opportunity for us to connect with the public while supporting the continued enhancement of this incredible facility.”


As the Official Automotive Partner for the arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm, Infiniti of Cool Springs has pledged to support the arena project through a significant multi-year capital contribution. Franklin Synergy Bank will serve as the Official Financial Partner, and Tennessee Equine Hospital will be the Official Equine Veterinary Partner, respectively.


Construction on the arena is scheduled to be completed this summer. Limited sponsorship opportunities remain. For more information, call the Friends of Franklin Parks office at 615-794-0998, or email