Save Our Dragon

Whether you grew up playing on it or bring friends and family to marvel at its majestic form, the mosaic dragon sculpture in Fannie Mae Dees Park serves as a beloved touchstone for generations of Nashvillians. We come here to play, run and imagine. We come here to gather, relax and restore.

Now Nashville’s dragon needs our help. Its beautiful tilework is sluffing off, and there are large cracks forming in its high arches. This is due to the extremes of weather and thermal forces over time.

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association in Nashville, Tenn., is launching a campaign to raise funds to restore the dragon. Our goal is to raise enough money for periodic maintenance as well, so this unique centerpiece to one of our city's great urban parks can continue to entertain and inspire future generations.

Our goal is to raise $200,000, and we need your help!

If you would like to help us Save Our Dragon, please donate today. No donation is too small (or too large). Also, follow us on Facebook to share memories, learn about upcoming events and get involved:

Installed in 1980, Nashville's dragon is the result of an amazing community project led by the late New York artist Pedro Silva. Hundreds of volunteers, of all ages and from various walks of life, came together to create the tile vignettes that form our dragon’s colorful exterior. They weren’t experienced artists. They simply had the desire to take part in creating a unique piece of art that would serve as the backdrop for a children’s playground, and an adult’s oasis, in the heart of the city. Now let's come together again and Save Our Dragon.

The Hillsboro-West End Neighborhood Association, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, was founded in 1975 on the principles of community, preservation and engagement.  An early endeavor was fighting the construction of I-440 for 10 years until achieving placement below grade. The neighborhood got its start in 1910 when a new streetcar line out to Blair Blvd. sparked a wave of home building. Today, HWEN boasts the largest cohesive collection of early 20th century houses in all of Nashville. It also is home to Fannie Mae Dees Park (aka: Dragon Park) and Nashville's iconic dragon sculpture. HWEN is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and much of it is protected by Conservation Zoning.


  • Anonymous
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
  • Raymond Meneely
    • $200 
    • 5 yrs


Michelle Fowler
Nashville, TN
Registered nonprofit
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