Nashville Mayor Karl Dean is looking to set aside almost a square mile as new parkland east of downtown. Dean wants the Metro council to sign off on the $8 million purchase before the end of the month.
The farmland currently dotted with cows sits in a bend just across the Stones River from Lebanon Pike. It’s next to the smaller Ravenwood County Club property the city bought last year, and together they’re about the size of Bells Bend.
The deal is part of the city’s broader push to set aside green space, which Dean says requires planning, just as development does.
“We’ve taken notice from other cities in the southeast that are losing their competitive edge due to unmitigated growth, poor air quality and unbearable traffic. And we have to choose a different path while we still can.”
Dean is hoping private funds will help defray the city’s $8 million expense for the land. He says exactly what the city does with the 600-acre property near the Stones River Greenway will be decided through an open process.