Friday, September 8, 2017

Save an Urban Park, Greenspace & History in Nashville, TN. Sign the petition.

Nashville's growth is unprecedented. As a 6th generation Nashvillian, in many ways I believe it is marvelous  - but I also want to look out for our city for the long term.

As fate would have it, 102 years ago my Great-Grandfather founded the Tennessee Ornithological Society (today the oldest conservation group in the southeast) and went on to play an important role in wresting Radnor Lake from the path of developers and into what it is today - an absolute treasure for our community. To honor him, they named the highest point in the park, Ganier Ridge.

Today, I believe we are at the same crossroads. With thousands of new apartment units and homes in development within 2 miles of Ft. Negley we have an historic opportunity to create a new urban oasis - the Radnor Lake of our time.

In doing so, we can also, finally, honor many generations of African Americans in Nashville - from the time of enslavement to generations when this neighborhood was, and is, home to important African American heritage.

Join me. Sign the petition today - demand that an option for KEEPING this Green Space GREEN is considered in an OPEN and TRANSPARENT way for ALL of Nashville.

Alice Ganier Rolli
District 17 Resident

PS There is more information & expert opinions available here:
This petition will be delivered to:
  • Mayor of Nashville
    Mayor Megan Barry
  • At-Large Council Member
    Councilman Jim Shulman
  • At-Large Council Member
    Councillady Erica Gilmore

My Comment:  I am pleased to see that Nashville has restored and saved Fort Negley.  For 60 years Fort Negley sat hidden and inaccessible until reopened in 2004 and then with the overgrown site serving as a homeless camp, many did not even know about it and those who did may have been hesitant to visit because the park had been taken over by homeless who build shacks and camped out in the park.

I am pleased that the homeless camp has been removed and the site cleared.  The site is now an asset to the city.  Not only is it worth saving because it is historic but this site along with other area civil war era and other historic sites serve as another reason for tourist to visit our city.  For those who do visit Nashville, the more we have to offer, the greater are the chances that tourist may be enticed to stay an extra day. The bedrock that made Nashville a tourist destination was music, but sports, fine dining, historical sites, and lakes and outdoor recreation are things that can enhance Nashville as a tourist destination.

Now that the site is restored, we now need to enhance this historical treasure by returning the site that was Geer stadium to park land. Viewed from the fort, the area that is now Greer Stadium sticks out like a sore thumb.  So will any development on that site. There should be a clear view from the fort to the roadways.  I realize it is valuable piece of land but with Nashville growing by leaps and bounds it is important to preserve open spaces.  There is no more logic to developing this corner of Fort Negley Park than there would be to building a hotel in a corner of Centennial Park.

For more on the history of Fort Negley, follow this link. Please join me in petitioning Mayor Barry and members of the Council to stop the development of Fort Negley Park.  Follow this link to sign the petition.

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