Metro ends plan to sell Nashboro Village golf course - WSMV News 4

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Metro ends plan to sell Nashboro Village golf course

Posted: Updated: Jan 6, 2012 08:44 PM
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

It's the equivalent to a hole-in-one for hundreds of families in Nashboro Village. A neighborhood golf course won't be turned into a new Metro park.

After a huge crowd showed up at a community meeting Thursday night, Metro Councilwoman Karen Johnson changed her mind on the proposed legislation.

Johnson and Metro Parks have pulled a bill that would have made way for the city to buy the Nashboro Village Golf Course.

Homeowners nearby rallied together and found a private buyer who was willing to invest in the golf course and keep it open.

Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch says he wanted to give residents a chance to find private funds to keep the golf course open.

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A group of homeowners in Nashboro Village is fighting to keep the city from buying their golf course and turning it into a public green space.

Councilwoman Karen Johnson hosted a community meeting Thursday at the Smith Springs Church of Christ, where neighbors could express their opposition.

Neighbors like Jo Beth Hastings say the golf course is the centerpiece and the heart of the community - the reason why they bought their homes in the first place.

They say no one's listening to the concerns of more than 1,000 homeowners who oppose closing the golf course for good.

"We haven't had a voice. They haven't met with us, and that concerns us. We're a golf community, and we want to stay that way," Hastings says.

The 144-acre site is now privately owned. Metro has made an offer to buy the land for more than half a million dollars.

Metro Parks director Tommy Lynch says the city's two master plans show there's a shortage of open space in southeast Nashville.

The city would not operate it as a golf course, but Lynch isn't sure what it would become; probably a greenway or park similar to Percy Warner, he says.

"We don't have any definitive plans. We would have to get money in our capital budget and get into the planning process, so, as far as what it would become if we purchased it, it's hard for me to say," Lynch says.

Neighbors are concerned that an unpatrolled park could attract a criminal element.

They're pinning their hopes on a private buyer who they say is also making an offer on the land. They say that buyer wants to continue to operate the golf course.

"There needs to be some money put into it, and he's willing to do that. This community wants to back it. It's the only golf course in the southeast area," Hastings says.

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