Amid an escalating community backlash, Metro officials are scrapping a plan to purchase the Nashboro Village Golf Club, retreating from prior intentions to convert its acreage into a public park.
In a brief letter Friday, Councilwoman Karen Johnson, who represents the southeast Davidson County district that includes the golf course and surrounding neighborhood, said she asked the Metro Parks and Recreation Department to withdraw legislation authorizing the purchase of the 144-acre, 18-hole golf course.
Johnson’s appeal, made in a Friday letter to Southeast Ventures LLC, which owns the golf course, came one day after neighbors at an overflow community meeting roundly criticized Metro’s open space plans for the area.
Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch told The City Paper his department plans to withdraw the acquisition proposal and honor Johnson’s request.
“It’s based on the public meeting we had last night,” Lynch said of the decision. “It appears that preserving it is a golf course was the primary goal that everybody wanted.”
A proposal to purchase the golf course for $595,000 is slated to go before the parks board Tuesday, Jan. 10. The plan had been to convert the private golf course, which closed in November, into open park space.
Lynch will recommend the parks board withdraw the proposal.
Many Nashboro Village neighbors have said they purchased their homes in part because of the nearby club, which now sits vacant.
Some have alleged a public park would attract more crime to the area. Johnson, in the letter, told Southeast Venture she has learned of an alternative buyer, attorney David Waynick, who envisions restoring the golf course if he’s able to purchase it.
“Clearly, following my community meeting last night, this is the strong preference of the neighbors,” Johnson wrote.
Metro officials have said the park’s purchase falls under the city’s open space plan, which paved the way to two other recent acquisitions: East Nashville’s Cornelia Fort Airpark and Ravenwood Country Club in Hermitage.
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