August 2015 – Nashville’s Beaman Park expands by 568 acres on the edge of the Western Highland Rim through the vision of The Open Space Plan, the investment of our city and the generosity of the Gilbert family. This brings the footprint of the rugged, wooded park in northwest Davidson County to 2,246 acres – an increase in the park’s size by one-third.
Metro Parks, working in conjunction with The Land Trust for Tennessee, acquired the land from Harris Gilbert and his family, who have owned the property on Little Marrowbone Road for 65 years. The family sold the property significantly below market value to benefit the community – now and into the future.
- Nashville has increased parkland by 25 percent and increased greenways by 50 percent with 40 miles of new trails.
- In addition to this project, The Land Trust has conserved 500 acres of private land in Davidson County through 20+ projects.
- The addition of 568 acres to Beaman Park creates a vast park second in size only to The Warner Parks.
READ JEANIE NELSON & MAYOR DEAN’s OP-ED in The Tennessean on protecting Nashville’s Greenspace
“Beaman Park Expansion a ‘Once in Forever’ Opportunity,” by Jordan Buie for The Tennessean