NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean hosted a community walk today on a new stretch of the Peeler Park Greenway in the Neely’s Bend community in Madison. Just prior to the walk, Mayor Dean was joined by Metro Parks, the Greenways Commission and Greenways for Nashville for a brief program to celebrate the opening of the new greenway, which includes 3 miles of paved and crushed gravel paths. There are also 3.4 miles of primitive hiking trails and 5 miles of new equestrian trails.
The new greenway for the first time opens up for recreation portions of 388 acres of open space that was acquired in 2009. This property, known as the Taylor Farm, more than doubles the size of Peeler Park and creates a nature preserve in the Neely’s Bend of the Cumberland River. It helps fulfill a recommendation of preserving land in each of the river’s bends set out in Nashville’s 2011 Open Space Plan.
“Nashvillians will enjoy the views of tranquil and gently rolling farmland from the new greenway and hiking trails,” Mayor Dean said. “I know I enjoyed seeing the tree-lined open fields and woods on our walk this morning. Our community walks are a great way to be active and explore new greenways and parks that play a vital role in the high quality of life we enjoy in Nashville.”
In all, Peeler Park encompasses 661 acres at the tip of Neely’s Bend. The original 273-acre section of the park was acquired in 1969, including 254 acres from the Peeler Farm and 19 acres from the Sun Valley Swim Club. This property was open for recreation in 2007 Peeler Park and the Peeler Park Greenway along the Cumberland River was completed. The Taylor Farm acquisition was among the first park and open space land acquired during Mayor Dean’s first term.