Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area Celebrates Land Acquisition

Monday, December 19, 2011 | 11:32 am
Park Manager Steve Ward is joined by Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill and members of the Harris family atop Harris Ridge, part of the state natural area's recently acquired 37-acre tract.
Park Manager Steve Ward is joined by Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill and members of the Harris family atop Harris Ridge, part of the state natural area's recently acquired 37-acre tract.
Nashville – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau joined the Friends of Radnor Lake, elected officials and members of the community today for a special recognition event at Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area, celebrating the recent addition of the 37-acre Harris Tract.
 
Following opening remarks and light refreshments, Park Manager Steve Ward led participants on a 30-minute hike through the newly acquired Harris Tract, offering a first-hand look at how this property will benefit the park and natural area for many years to come. 
 
Established in 1973 as the first natural area in the state of Tennessee, Radnor Lake boasts an annual visitation of 1 million visitors and six miles of hiking trails.  With 1,220 acres, in addition to its 85-acre lake, Radnor Lake is home to numerous plant species and wildlife. The new land acquisition benefits the long-term protection of the area’s watershed, viewshed and wildlife populations. 
 
“Development of some of the surrounding parcels could have a substantial impact upon the ecosystem and the overall visitor experience at Radnor Lake as we know it today,” said Martineau.  “Acquiring land such as the Harris Tract will allow us to place these unique areas under the protection of the Natural Areas Preservation Act so they can be perpetually managed as part of Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area.” 
 
Sharing the same 38-year history at its namesake park, the Friends of Radnor Lake have been instrumental in land acquisition efforts.  Funding for 37 acres of the Harris Tract totaled $1 million, with $500,000 raised by the Friends of Radnor Lake.  The state provided the remaining resources through the State Lands Acquisition Fund. 
 
“We are very fortunate to have the long-term support of the Friends of Radnor Lake,” added Martineau.  “Their vision and wisdom in planning for Radnor Lake’s future has benefited every aspect of the park and their dedication and efforts will continue to positively impact many generations to come.” 
 
Radnor Lake is located in Davidson County in the midst of the Overton Hills, south of Metropolitan Nashville in the Oak Hill Community. This state park and natural area provides a variety of scenic spots and diverse natural habitats ranging from its lake, streams and placid sloughs. Wildlife and numerous species of plants are in abundance. It is a place that provides scenic, biological, geological and passive recreational opportunities not found in other metropolitan areas of Nashville's size.  For additional information about Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area, please visit www.tnstateparks.com/RadnorLake and www.tn.gov/environment/na/natareas/radnor/.
 
Tennessee's 53 state parks and 82 state natural areas offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups.  State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses.  For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free at 1-888-867-2757. For additional information, visit our website at www.tnstateparks.com.
 
###