Metro Parks and Metro Historical Commission are continuing the public outreach phase of the Fort Negley Master Plan by hosting two upcoming community meetings. The first will be held on Saturday, April 23 from 10 am-2 pm at the Fort Negley Visitor’s Center located at 1100 Fort Negley Blvd. The second will be held on Monday, April 25 at Easley Community Center in Rose Park from 5:30-7:30 pm located 1000 Edgehill Avenue.
Fort Negley Park is a park in the heart of Nashville that has been recognized as one of the nation’s most important historical sites. It is home to distinct natural and cultural assets and was designated a ‘Site of Memory’ by the UNESCO Slave Route Project in 2019.
The plan will establish a long-term vision for the preservation, interpretation, and development of the property as a public park. The plan will encompass the entire 64 acres owned by Metro Parks and include phasing recommendations and cost estimates. Metro Parks has engaged a consulting team led by HDLA landscape architects and which includes historians, archeologists, and cultural landscape specialists.
The first round of public engagement meetings was held in late 2021 on November 9 and December 11. Both events were formatted to share information about the site and to listen to the community’s ideas, concerns, and hopes for Fort Negley.
Last year, Mayor Cooper allocated $1 million to Fort Negley in his Capital Spending Plan, which was approved by the council.
“Both community meetings will allow attendees the opportunity to learn more about the community input from the first round of meetings last fall, view a design concept based off prior feedback, and share their thoughts on the proposed concept on how to best preserve maintain, honor and enhance this sacred space,” said parks officials.