NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The city of Nashville plans to buy 600 acres along the Stones River to preserve as open space.
On Tuesday, Mayor Karl Dean announced the plan to acquire the land on the city's east side known as the Stones River Farm for $8.2 million. The property will connect three other major pieces of Metro park land and open space through greenways and waterways to establish a 1,500-acre regional park system comparable in scope to Warner Parks in west Davidson County.
The land features nearly four miles of river frontage, including a highly scenic bend in the Stones River at its confluence with the Cumberland River.
It is adjacent to the Metro-owned Ravenwood property and is across the Cumberland River from the 648-acre Peeler Park and Taylor Farm, also owned by Metro.
The park would directly serve the Donelson, Hermitage and Old Hickory communities in northeastern Davidson County, and existing greenways connect it to downtown Nashville.
Legislation was expected to be filed with the Metro Council on Friday for an option to purchase the property. Metro Council will have to approve the plan at its December 18 meeting, and then Metro would purchase the property from The Conservation Fund in early 2013.
Nonprofit groups are working to raise $1 million by December 20 to help defray the expense.
Metro government has wanted it for years and so have various commercial developers.
The city's Open Space Plan recommends preserving 3,000 acres over the next ten years as park land. The plan, which Mayor Dean announced last year calls for the preservation of public and private land and was a top recommendation from the Mayor's Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)