Thursday, May 14, 2015 12:00 PM


Mayor Karl Dean’s administration is looking to acquire what is said to be around 600 acres in Southeast Nashville that could help fill the need for a long-awaited anchor park in the fastest growing part of Davidson County.

Dean, who has led an aggressive open space initiative, is holding an announcement Friday morning near Cane Ridge High School with officials from Metro Parks and Recreation, The Conservation Fund and the Joe C. Davis Foundation.

Metro Councilman Robert Duvall, whose District 33 includes the area, said his understanding is that the plan is to convert what could be around 600 acres into a new park and open space. Those acres involve multiple property owners.

Details of the transaction will be unveiled at the announcement.

“It’s definitely going to remain green space as I understand it,” Duvall said, adding that he believes a portion of the land would be donated to Metro.

The announcement will take place at 12924 Old Hickory Blvd. It comes on the same day as Dean is expected to unveil details of a $520 million capital-spending plan that the council will consider next month.

Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch would not disclose details but likened the proposal in size and scope to Metro’s most ...

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