J. Percy Priest Greenway Project

Fact Sheet (As of April 2022)

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Nov. 29, 2012
Updated: May 2, 2022
J. Percy Priest Dam releasing water on May 06, 2012, Nashville, Tenn. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

J. Percy Priest Dam releasing water on May 06, 2012, Nashville, Tenn. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

 J. Percy Priest Greenway Project



AUTHORIZATION: Section 5132 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2007, as amended.

TYPE OF PROJECT:  Specifically authorized O&M.

LOCATION: Rutherford County, TN

NON-FEDERAL SPONSOR: City of Murfreesboro, TN

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST:  DesJarlais (TN-4), Hagerty (TN), Blackburn (TN)


BACKGROUND:  The Corps has partnered with the City of Murfreesboro to design and construct the North Murfreesboro Greenway. A 3-mile greenway is proposed for this area that would accommodate existing uses as well as provide for additional recreational opportunities. In addition to the Greenway, ancillary structures such as trailheads, parking, signage, benches, etc. will be constructed. Upon project completion, the City will operate and maintain the trail.

The long term conceptual plan for this project includes a trail system linking the Stones River Dam with the Walter Hill Dam using a combination of existing trails such as those currently managed by the State of Tennessee (and the cities of Smyrna, Murfreesboro and Nashville) and new trails constructed on Corps of Engineers land along J. Percy Priest (JPP) Lake.


IMPORTANCE: Rapid urbanization occurring around the lake places a heavy demand on existing recreational facilities. Metro Nashville, the State of Tennessee, and the Town of Smyrna have constructed significant trail systems adjacent to and within the J. Percy Priest project area. This greenway will complement those systems.


STATUS: The project is in Implementations Phase.

BUDGET ($): Estimated project costs are shown below.


Total Estimated Cost


     Federal Cost Estimate


     Non-Federal Cost Estimate


Federal Funds Data


     Allocation thru FY 2021


     Allocation for FY 2022


     Balance to Complete


     President’s Budget for FY 2023




Note: Project to be completed at Federal cost, Murfreesboro will be responsible for O&M of the Greenway upon completion of the project, per Sec 5132, WRDA 2007.



FY2021 Completed Work:  Design was completed for Phase II of the project and construction contract was awarded in September 2021.

FY2022 Scheduled Work: Construction of Phase 2 greenway.

Completion: Projected completion November 2022.

Ramune Matuliauskaite
(615) 736-7853