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Davidson County

Lockeland Springs Park

PROJECT PARTNERS The Trust for Public Land, The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association, Metro Nashville Parks

Located in the East Nashville neighborhood of Lockeland Springs, Lockeland Springs Park is a small but beloved forested natural space. We have a one-time chance to acquire an adjacent four-acre property to expand this Park and protect its natural features.

This unique Metro Park is nestled in a deep, wooded valley. Its springs and sparkling stream flow year-round, attracting animals of many kinds. 鹿, 火鸡, 青蛙, 鹰派人士, salamanders, 海龟, woodpeckers, butterflies, 小龙虾, aquatic snails, 猫头鹰, 浣熊, 狐狸, and chipmunks live in the valley, and this tract serves as their primary biological reserve. Paths run through the woods along the stream, cross bridges, and lead to outdoor classroom areas. The land’s varied topography—stream bed, 银行, undeveloped slopes, and hilltops—currently offers food, 避难所, 水, and cover to numerous species of animals and plants. Renowned for its 水 quality by early Nashvillians, Lockeland Springs evoked the timeless importance of 避难所ed coves across generations.

For many years, a family who lived out-of-state owned the adjacent property, totaling five acres of land. They wished to sell the land to developers, intending to make a subdivision of the property. This type of development would have detrimental effects on the 水 quality and wildlife that inhabit the land, destroying the natural values that make this pocket park unique. Over the years, the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association approached several conservation groups to protect the land. 然而, the out-of-state owners marketed the property well above the appraised value, rendering the acquisition infeasible.

Tennessee’s March 2020 tornado destroyed much of the Lockeland Springs neighborhood and the Park. Days after the tornado hit, the COVID-19 pandemic became a global emergency. As neighbors endured the lockdown, they turned to nature like never before—for fresh air, 锻炼, meditation, 安慰, and a much-needed break from the stresses of a quickly changing world. With Lockeland Springs Park closed indefinitely, these neighbors began to venture onto the privately-owned land adjacent to the Park. It quickly became a secret garden, a place of respite, and a sanctuary for neighbors seeking socially distant time in nature. A new footpath was carved along the stream by residents trekking through the dense forest to experience nature’s physical and mental health benefits.

The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association has demonstrated its commitment to the conservation of this property in a number of ways:

  • by engaging with conservation groups, including TennGreen and TPL;
  • by planting ~350 new trees with the Nashville Tree Conservation Corps; 
  • and by its faithful stewardship of the land while the (former) out-of-state owners neglected it.

In 2021, the owners of the adjacent parcel sold it to a couple from Chicago, Illinois. Luckily, these new landowners value conservation and public access to natural areas. They plan to retain 1.4 acres, renovate the home on the property, and sell the remaining 3.9 acres to a conservation group. Upon learning this, The Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association reached out to TPL for assistance in fundraising and acquiring the property to convey to Metro Nashville Parks. TennGreen will assist these partners in fundraising and ultimately hold a conservation easement on the property—protecting it forever.

We must raise 1.6 million by December 8, 2021 to acquire the property and a conservation easement to ensure perpetual conservation and community ownership. If you’re interested in giving to this project, click 在这里

 

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