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City commissioners to consider final plans for Brentwood’s newest proposed park

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Windy Hill Park overview

Windy Hill Park overview 

The master planning process for Brentwood’s newest park is coming to a close at the City Commission’s Nov. 28 regular meeting when commissioners consider the final draft of the Windy Hill Park Master Plan.

The city has been working on the plan since July and has conducted five public engagement meetings with its Brentwood-based consultant, ESP Associates. Input from those meetings has been incorporated into the final layout and amenities to be included in the 52-acre park, set to open in 2023.

This property, located on the south side of Old Smyrna Road, was purchased by the city in May 2020 from Wilbur and Lucy Sensing, longtime owners of a farm known as Windy Hill. The land is adjacent to 40 acres of private land that was also part of the Sensing’s estate, a site that still includes the historic Constantine Sneed House.

That home dates all the way back to 1825, when it was built by the son of James Sneed, a Revolutionary War veteran who received a land grant in Williamson County of 640 acres. The 92 acres that make up the two properties are now protected by a conservation easement that ensures this historic and scenic land will be preserved for generations to come.

The Plan

Windy Hill Park will be a passive recreational park, meaning open space and multi-purpose trails will be the predominate features, with other uses being small picnic facilities, a gazebo, and a playground. Trails will be 10 feet wide, with perimeter sections incorporating an additional two-foot aggregate shoulder for those who prefer not to run on pavement.

A 400-meter loop trail will also be incorporated in the north section of the park. Parking will include two parking areas, one on the north end with 58 spaces, and one on the south with 43 spaces. Restrooms will be located on the north end. A small airplane hangar still exists on the property from a time when the site served as a private airstrip. The city hopes to incorporate an aviation theme into some of the amenities.

Connectivity

Residents will be able to drive, walk or cycle into the park from Old Smyrna Road/Jones Parkway to the north, and Jones Parkway from the south. Pedestrians can also enter from the west via a 10-foot path to be installed along the Carondelet Place right-of-way.

Monday’s City Commission meeting will take place at Brentwood City Hall, located at 5211 Maryland Way, at 7 p.m.

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