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Shelbyville Celebrates Opening of BlueCross Healthy Place at H.V. Griffin Park

$750,000 investment from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation provides new community space

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. — Residents of Shelbyville recently gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the BlueCross Healthy Place at H.V. Griffin Park.

The City of Shelbyville applied for the BlueCross Healthy Place grant with the hope of creating a centralized space to bring residents together.

In their grant application, they shared about the impact a BlueCross Healthy Place would have on their community, saying, “The new playground will be a place where the community comes together, creating a greater sense of place. In a day when division is prevalent, bringing the community together will help to unite Shelbyville and Bedford County.”

Grant applicants were invited to choose from six project packages based on the needs of their communities. The City of Shelbyville selected the Family Fun package, and park visitors will enjoy the following features in the new space:

  • Large play area
  • Thrive fitness station
  • Swing set
  • Freestanding play and climbing areas

There are 15 BlueCross Healthy Places completed statewide, with more underway. To date, the BlueCross Foundation has invested $31.7 million in 17 community spaces across the state.

For additional information about the BlueCross Healthy Place Program, see


About BlueCross®
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.3 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and has brought peace of mind to its members and local communities for more than 75 years. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at


About BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc.

The BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation organized to promote the philanthropic mission of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. It has awarded $120 million in grants since 2005. The foundation provides funding for the BlueCross Healthy Place program, which creates active, healthy spaces across Tennessee.

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