With an eye on preserving and creating open spaces in Davidson County, Mayor Karl Dean announced a partnership with the Land Trust for Tennessee to develop an official Open Space Plan.
The creation of a comprehensive Open Space Plan was one of the recommendations of the mayor's Green Ribbon Committee.
The project is being funded from a private donation from the Martin Foundation through the Land Trust.
“The great cities of our nation have progressive open space plans,” Dean said. “The preservation of our private and public lands and natural resources has a direct impact on the economic viability of the region, and quality of life of its citizens. Thanks to the unique mission and expertise of the Land Trust for Tennessee and a generous donation from the Martin Foundation, this project will ensure that open space continues to enhance the environmental, social, and economic well-being of our great city.”
According to a mayor’s office press release, the plan will look to preserve open spaces in the urban core and in the county’s rural areas.
District 33 Councilman Robert Duvall, who has worked on the preservation of property in his district, said the development of an Open Spaces Plan and the public/private partnership were encouraging.
“I think it’s great he’s doing it. I’d like to know the details of it before I really do comment on it, but I’ve been trying to protect Long Hunter State Park and a lot of the pristine land around Percy Priest Lake,” Duvall said.
The partnership proposal will be submitted to the Metro Council on July 10. Pending Council approval, the project will take approximately 12 months to complete.