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The Greenway Network

Connections between the neighborhoods of the Vanderbilt campus are essential to the formation of a coherent campus fabric. The Greenway network vision is to establish recognizable connections between campus places and spaces. Establishing clear and safe connections between neighborhoods will create a more unified and accessible campus, in keeping with the Vanderbilt principles of community and inclusion. The Greenway network was originally conceived as part of the FutureVU land use process, and as future planning discussions continued, the network expanded to include a vision for primary Greenway paths, secondary paths, and a Walk and Roll Loop around the campus edge. To read more about the Greenway network vision (including a campus-wide map, principles and character precedents), please visit the Greenway framework page.

Expansion of the Greenway network will be considered as various neighborhood projects are implemented. If you have questions, comments or concerns regarding the construction projects underway, please contact the Facilities team here.


Internal Campus Greenway

A primary Greenway path is envisioned to connect the edge of campus with the center of campus and form a wide pathway that promotes the pedestrian experience, while also allowing for those on other modes, such as bicycles and other rolling devices, to comfortably circulate through campus. This primary Greenway path will be accompanied by key secondary paths to form a network throughout the internal campus.

The first installment of the internal campus Greenway will be implemented as a part of the West End neighborhood transformation. 24th Avenue, between West End Avenue and Vanderbilt Place, will be converted to a pedestrian-centric Greenway. A precedent image for this first installment is included below.

Internal campus Greenway precedent image

Additional installments of the internal campus Greenway will be considered as the university continues planning processes for additional campus neighborhoods, including the Central neighborhood study that kicked off in the fall of 2019.


Walk and Roll Loop

A Walk and Roll Loop is envisioned to ensure Vanderbilt’s perimeter is designed and developed to provide an enhanced mobility experience for Vanderbilt and the surrounding community. The concept embraces the campus edge as a high-profile gateway to campus. Building off a recommendation from the Vanderbilt Student Government in 2017, as part of the FutureVU planning process, the “Walk and Roll loop” is envisioned to be a wide and comfortable loop encircling campus for active transportation and recreation, and to integrate the Vanderbilt campus with the rest of Nashville.

The first installment of the Walk and Roll Loop will be implemented in front of E. Bronson Ingram College and Warren & Moore Colleges, ending near the 21st Avenue and Terrace Place crosswalk this fall.  A planning study is underway to establish precedents for additional installments of the Walk and Roll Loop including proposed timing tied to other campus neighborhood projects. An example precedent image of what the Walk and Roll Loop may look like along 21st Avenue is below, however, refinements may be made as the university continues the planning study underway.

21st Avenue Walk and Roll precedent


Upcoming Milestones*

*Milestones are subject to change and will be updated regularly.

FALL 2019

  • First installment of Walk and Roll Loop will be implemented in front of E. Bronson Ingram College and Warren & Moore Colleges, ending near the 21st Avenue and Terrace Place crosswalk


  • First installment of internal campus Greenway will be complete in the West End neighborhood (formerly 24th Avenue)