For almost a century, Nashvillians have cherished Percy and Edwin Warner Parks’ 3,200 acres as their beloved "Sanctuary in the City,” and today, more than 2 million people visit the Parks each year. Now, the Friends of Warner Parks (FOWP) has published A History of Nashville's Warner Parks, an engaging and comprehensive look at the transformation of the land from the Paleozoic era 500 million years ago to present-day irreplaceable community asset.

Sixteen authors, including Warner Bass, Christine Kreyling, Metro Parks’ Tim Netsch and former FOWP Executive Director Eleanor Willis — contributed to the book, which chronologically tells the stories of the land, people and events that make up the parks’ history. Readers will be delighted by approximately 175 maps, photographs, illustrations, artifacts and reproductions of nationally known artists' works, as well as current maps, a wide-ranging timeline and a species list with over 1,100 species in the appendix. 

Attendees at Sunday in the Park got the first peek at A History of Nashville’s Warner Parks and had the chance to meet Nashville author F. Lynne Bachleda, who edited and contributed to the book. At 7 p.m. on Nov. 2, there will be a presentation from Lynne and other authors at the Warner Parks Nature Center. Proceeds from book sales support FOWP’s mission to preserve, steward and protect Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. A History of Nashville's Warner Parks is available at FOWP’s online store, the Nature Center and Parnassus Books. To visit the online store or learn more about the work of Friends of Warner Parks, visit warnerparks.org.