Possible Development of Fort Negley Park:
The Old Greer Stadium
Besides the tourism/historic value of this American Civil War icon, why is the city wanting to decrease public green space downtown? There is too little of it now. This 31 acre parcel has been in the public park inventory since the 1920’s. Over half of it is proposed for commercial development by the Metro Council. That could be around 18 acres of public downtown Green Space. As downtown explodes in development, we need more, not less, open space.
Cannibalizing an existing park for a revenue stream, sets a dangerous precedent for Nashville City Parks.
- Fort Negley is the largest Civil War stone fort (inland)
- Few Civil War sites remain in Nashville
- African American Contraband Camps were located here
- A former cemetery of over 11,000 Union soldiers – some of which could still be there
- Water run-off improvements
- Green space
- More traffic congestion
- Monarch butterfly habitat
- Rare fossil site
If you live in Davidson County, Tennessee please contact your council person here.
1100 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203
– Bob Henderson (former Metro Historical Commission member)
Historic Nashville – In Defense of Fort Negley – May 22, 2017
Additional reading: Developers Propose the Desecration of Fort Negley – Nashville Scene April 28, 2017 by Betty Phillips
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