By CLIFF HIGHTOWER
A task force will set the direction of Rippavilla Plantation, which the Spring Hill Board of Mayor and Alderman voted Monday to acquire and turn into a city park.
Mayor Rick Graham said the task force will plan the next steps for the 99-acre property by developing a master plan to direct the usage of the land and property.
“There are a lot of variables,” Graham said, regarding the operations of the property and the usage.
Jonathan Duda, a former aldermen and a member of the task force, said one thing that will be key is getting public input.
“An effective master plan requires input,” he said. “Public input is key.”
Duda said the first meeting has not been scheduled but “there’s a lot of work to do.”
The 99-acre historic plantation was donated to the city by Rippavilla, Inc. It includes the historic mansion, a gift house, a barn and working farm. The property has a conservation easement on it with oversight from the Land Trust for Tennessee.
A task force was created last year to look at the property and figure out how to acquire the property. The new task force will figure out how to use the property, Graham said.
Duda said there is a lot to figure out with the new city park.
“It’s kind of an open slate,” he said. “It presents challenges, but it presents opportunities.”
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