Former Dairy King site could become Metro park space

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 5:04pm

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.

5 Comments on this post:

By: Beernazi on 5/31/11 at 3:18

That area could use more greenspace! This is an excellent idea.

By: caluttc on 6/1/11 at 7:24

There seems to be an epidemic of people wanting urban space to be green space/parks----- a good thing to dream about. Yet if I understand our economic system, urban areas are intended to be high density/use and produce tax revenue. Green space/parks don't generate tax revenue and additionally are an upkeep expense. Lots of green/space in an urban area is like going into the hinterlands and paving a large space. Maybe I don't understand our economic system.

By: Carol Williams on 6/1/11 at 7:26

Adding another park is a great idea but now we need to fully fund Metro Parks so the maintenance staff can keep up with the work. Budget cuts while adding more work is worthy of discussion.

By: budlight on 6/1/11 at 7:37

The gov-mentt will just add parks and then add excuses as to why they cannot be maintained. Oh, and they will raise taxes to get the job done. I'd rather see more sidewalks so people can walk safely to and from work, school or just exercising. Parks are sometimes translated into meeting places for thugs and no gooders!

By: geekinstein on 6/1/11 at 9:57

Maintained greenways and trails make Nashville more attractive and increase property values. A bike trail along this creek to Seven Oaks could help with traffic and smog in the future. Good Job city planners.