Metro to pay $8.2M for 600 acres of farmland along Stones River

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 3:40pm
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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.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 12/4/12 at 2:47

I love that part of the greenway. Glad to see tax dollars doing something useful for once.

By: Barbi on 12/5/12 at 2:06

Oh, boy...yes! Get rid of all FARMLAND!! Maybe we should do away with all grocery stores and restaurants too....perhaps Monsanto could just drop ship everyone an adequate number of daily chemical/food baggies every other week, that way we won't have to strain our selves trying figure out which group of chems we want to consume. Just think about all the.extra parks we could have without farms and grocery stores in the way.

By: AutoNPD on 12/6/12 at 7:26

@ Barbi: While I fully agree that we should try to keep farmland, the odds are that the Stone River Farm would never have stayed farmland. If you look at the map, you can see that it is surrounded on all three sides by housing. If Metro had not bought it, it would very likely have been developed into suburbs and more open space would have disappeared.

By: on 12/6/12 at 8:50

This is one of the stranger expenditures. There is quite a bit of green space a few miles away, in the area around the airport and Percy Priest. There are so many who need so much, including those trying to recover from high unemployment in the past few years. Was this really the best way to spend this money, especially after the tremendous amounts already spent on parks, some of which are barely used? Nashville is not like New York where there really is a need for green space because of the high density population, and it is not likely that Nashville will be anywhere like that for centuries.

By: AutoNPD on 12/6/12 at 12:11

@ The Nashville budget has ~$1.6 billion in spending, funding plenty of programs to support those who are having a difficult time (homeless shelters, health clinics, housing programs, even burial assistance). Of course, this doesn't include the Federal programs. I, for one, am a tax payer that would like green spaces and a connected GreenWay. Once the green space is gone, it is gone.