Save Ft. Negley: Urban Park, Greenspace & History in Nashville, TN
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Nashville's growth is unprecedented. As a 6th generation Nashvillian, in many ways I believe it is marvelous - but I also want to look out for our city for the long term.
As fate would have it, 102 years ago my Great-Grandfather founded the Tennessee Ornithological Society (today the oldest conservation group in the southeast) and went on to play an important role in wresting Radnor Lake from the path of developers and into what it is today - an absolute treasure for our community. To honor him, they named the highest point in the park, Ganier Ridge.
Today, we are at a similar crossroads. Yes, we want to make room for those new-to-Nashville. But we need to preserve what is precious about our community. And more than that? We need to protect the promises that have been made to my neighbors in District 17 - who were promised that when Belmont took the land at Rose Park, the land at Ft. Negley would return to parkland. That promise was memorialized in a 2007 amendment to the Ft. Negley Master Plan & was again protected in the 2016 "Plan to Play."
Too often elected leaders "cash in" the promises of their predecessors for the politics of today. Enough is enough. Let us honor our promises, let us honor the story of freedom found on this land. From slavery to the genesis of the remarkable African American Heritage of Nashville - Fisk, TSU, Meharry, Jefferson Street - all of it, began here.
Join me. Sign the petition today - demand that we honor our promises - for parkland - and for people - for ALL of Nashville.
Alice Ganier Rolli
District 17 Resident
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