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Parks and Recreation

Stones River Bend Regional Park Master Planning

Preliminary background work has begun for the master planning of Metro Parks’ 800 acre property in Donelson-Hermitage. Located on a major bend in the Stones River and including property that was once the Ravenwood Country Club, this unique collection of parcels has come together over the past 10 years thanks to Metro Parks’ partnerships with generous donors and supporters.

Ravenwood site property map

The Stones River farm, uniquely surrounded by almost four miles of highly scenic river frontage, is only a few miles from downtown Nashville. It is tucked off of Lebanon Road between the Donelson and Hermitage neighborhoods in a large bend of the Stones River just south of the confluence of the Stones River and the Cumberland River. The farm is extraordinarily beautiful and has a rich history.

The Stones River greenway currently runs along the edge of the site connecting this large park to Shelby Bottoms to the west and the Percy Priest Dam to the east. Stone hall, the local historic landmark known as the Donelson Home was acquired in 2007 and sits at the front of the site along Lebanon Pike.

Master Planning

The master plan process kicks off following the March 2017 adoption of Plan To Play. View the County-wide Parks and Greenways Master Plan.  The plan lays out recommendations for Land, Facilities, Programs, Operations and Funding of the Metro Parks system. The planning and development of this new regional park will be one of the first opportunities to work toward the goals of that plan.

The design team hired to work on the 9 month master planning process has a broad perspective and many years of experience

  • Collier Engineering
  • Nelson, Byrd, Woltz Landscape Architects
  • Hodgson-Douglas Landscape Architects
  • Tara Armistead Landscape Architect

Project Schedule

March – May 2017, Discovery Phase:
The project team is currently conducting background research to understand the ecological, topographic, historical and other aspects of the site

May 2017: Public kickoff begins. Metro Parks and the project team will host a public event as well as smaller stakeholder meeting to gather input from the community.

May – August: Framework Options:
The project team will take the community input, combined with the Plan To Play county-wide vision and begin to develop plan options for the site.

August 2017: With a draft plan in place, the project team will present preliminary ideas to stakeholders in order to receive feedback and direction.

August – November, Master Plan Completion and Phase One Concept Plan:
The project team will use community feedback to refine and complete the site master plan and further refine design and pricing construction f a first phase.

End of year 2017: Final public presentation of Southeast Davidson Regional Park Master Plan and feedback on phase one possibilities.