Later this month, Mayor Karl Dean will ask the Metro Council to approve the $8.2 million acquisition of 600 acres of farmland near Donelson to be added to the city’s greenway and park space.
Dean announced plans Tuesday for the purchase of the Stones River Farm property, which is near three other Metro-owned tracts of land — adjacent to the Ravenwood property, and across the Cumberland River from the 648-acre Peeler Park and the Taylor Farm. The Stones River Farm property would complete what Dean said would amount to a 1,500-acre regional park system, similar in scale to the Warner Parks.
National nonprofit The Conservation Fund negotiated a contract with the landowners. On Friday, the mayor’s office expects to file legislation with the Metro Council, which would allow the city to purchase the land from The Conservation Fund early next year, provided the council approves the arrangement at its Dec. 18 meeting.
The property, on the Stones River and along the Stones River Greenway, was first identified in the 1990s as a green space priority for a regional park, according to the mayor’s office.
The park would directly serve the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory communities in northeastern Davidson County, and existing greenways connect it to downtown Nashville.
The $8.2 million price tag would be financed using $15 million in Metro’s fiscal year 2013 capital spending plan for the Open Space Fund and Riverfront Redevelopment.