The property at East Thompson Lane and Old Glenrose Avenue that served as the longtime home of The Dairy King restaurant could be turned into a city park.
The nine-member Metro Parks and Recreation Board next Tuesday will consider purchasing the four-acre property in a plan to turn the flood-prone land near Mill Creek into open space. The property’s price tag is $105,000, according to parks department spokeswoman Jackie Jones, part of which would be paid through a $25,000 donation from The Conservation Fund.
The acquisition aligns with Mayor Karl Dean’s open space plan, which seeks to preserve 22,000 acres of public and private land by 2035. The parks staff has recommended the property’s purchase.
The Dairy King, a place known for its southern menu and ice cream, sustained substantial flood damage at its former location last May, forcing owners to move to a location on East Thompson Lane closer to Murfreesboro Pike. Though the site sits in the city’s floodway, Jones said it does not qualify for Metro’s flood buyout program because it is zoned for commercial property.
The additional park space could complement an existing greenway easement, which Jones said sits between Old Glenrose and Mill Creek.