Nashville plans to be 'greenest' city in Southeast

Friday, April 8, 2011, Vol. 35, No. 14

NASHVILLE (AP) — Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has announced a plan to make Nashville the "greenest" city in the southeast.

The Nashville Open Space Plan was announced on Thursday and includes goals of increasing the city's parkland by 30 percent over the next 10 years and privately conserving another 3,000 acres.

It also calls for expanding the city's network of greenways and doubling the tree canopy downtown.

Dean said the changes will make the city a more attractive place to live and also help improve the health of residents by offering more recreational opportunities.

As a first step, Dean said the city on Wednesday signed an option to purchase the Cornelia Fort Airpark, consisting of 135 acres next to the city's Shelby Bottoms Park.