Davidson County Open Space Plan

Nashville is a uniquely beautiful place. The wide Cumberland River winds around bends. Forested hills and hollows blanket the Northwest. Historic sites inspire reverence for the region. Community gardens dot neighborhoods with color. And parks and lakes are havens for wildlife and residents alike. It is this character of place and quality of life that draws residents, visitors and businesses here.

Nashville’s Open Space Plan, released in 2011, is an ongoing partnership between The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Office of the Mayor focused on protecting open space throughout Davidson County. It is a map for the strategic conservation and creation of green spaces, by both the public and private sectors, to protect the unique landscape of Middle Tennessee. The project includes a variety of opportunities – creating neighborhood parks and gardens, conserving hillsides and private parks, and protecting farms, forests and river corridors outside the urban core.

Successes to date include:

  • 135 new acres of parkland at Shelby Bottoms Park
  • 181 new acres of parkland adjacent to the Stones River Greenway
  • 10 conservation easements: seven in the West Meade neighborhood, two Civil War battlefields and one large forested property
  • The addition of over 63.5 acres to Radnor Lake State Natural Area



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