The Land Trust for Tennessee has partnered with private landowners and public partners on multiple projects to conserve land at Radnor Lake State Natural Area in Nashville.
2015: In the Summer of 2015, the Cheek family, Friends of Radnor Lake, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the State of Tennessee partnered to add 15 acres of the family’s property to Radnor Lake State Natural Area, a beloved public park that records over one million visits per year. The property is located on the northern border and is visible from the trails of Radnor Lake. This addition brings the footprint to 1,337 acres and protects one of the last undeveloped bluffs overlooking the State Natural Area.
2014: In partnership with the State of Tennessee, The Land Trust for Tennessee and the Friends of Radnor Lake protected 23 acres adjoining Radnor Lake State Park. These 23 acres represent the second step of a project on the natural area’s southwestern boundary off Oman Drive.
2013: In May 2013, the first 40 acres were secured and are now owned by the State of Tennessee. Protection of these two properties, a total of a little over 63 acres, will allow Radnor Lake to extend its current trail system, expand hiking and wildlife viewing opportunities, and permanently protect the view from Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory. Leadership grants for this project were provided by The Frist Foundation, AWC Family Foundation, and Cal Turner Family Foundation. Radnor Lake State Park is visited by nearly one million people annually.
The protection of this oasis of natural resources located in the heart of the city is one example of projects we take on in urban centers across the state. These expansions preserve an iconic Nashville treasure by protecting critical natural resources. However, this success means more than environmental protection alone. Growing our public parks promotes public health, economic prosperity and tourism. As Nashville grows, Radnor’s window of opportunity is shrinking. Undeveloped land in the heart of the city is quickly disappearing, and it’s vitally important to preserve the culture and landscape of the Nashville we all know and love.
PHOTO BY: ROBIN CONOVER
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