Urge Metro Nashville to purchase 15 acres of parkland in Cane Ridge before it's developed!

Urge Metro Nashville to purchase 15 acres of parkland in Cane Ridge before it's developed!

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Cane Ridge Community Club started this petition to Metro Nashville Parks and Recreation

In July 2019, fifteen-plus acres of privately-owned forest land were put on the market, bordering Metro Nashville’s 7-acre Cecil Rhea Crawford Park, site of the historic Cane Ridge Community Center in Southeast Davidson County, Tennessee.

Members of the Cane Ridge community have long held Metro acquisition of this property high on their wish list, so that it could be added to Crawford Park. It is very likely that if the land is not purchased by Metro now, it will be lost forever to development.

Forested green space is fast disappearing in Southeast Davidson County in general and Cane Ridge in particular, this being in one of the fastest growing sections of the County. The rural character of the landscape is quickly becoming suburban. Currently, there are five large subdivisions within 1 mile of this site and at least six new subdivisions planned or in development within 1.5 miles of the property.

One of the guiding principles of Metro Park's Plan to Play Master Plan (2016) is the equitable geographic distribution of park land to provide recreational opportunities for all Metro residents. Purchase of this property would satisfy this principle by creating a larger, more useful 22-acre neighborhood park for this racially and ethnically-diverse neighborhood. Also there are many goals of Plan to Play that would be achieved by this land purchase.

There is also a pressing need to present the multi-layered historical narrative of this fast-growing area, as knowing the history of a community helps build a sense of community. This park would be an ideal location to interpret both the natural and human history of Cane Ridge. Interpretive trails through this scenic eastern redcedar and hardwood forest would provide opportunities for exercise, for experiencing nature, and for learning about the history of the area.

Additionally, there are the essential environmental benefits of forested park land which include reducing stormwater runoff and air pollution, and providing important habitat for native plants and animals.

Access to this park would be supported by the existing 60-vehicle paved and lighted parking lot already on the property that has an outlet to Cane Ridge Road.

Thank you for supporting this petition to urge Metro Nashville to purchase this vitally important property!

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