City of Brentwood closes on $5.2M land purchase for new park

The city approved the land purchase back in March. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)
The city approved the land purchase back in March. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)

The city approved the land purchase back in March. (Courtesy city of Brentwood)

Officials with the city of Brentwood announced May 20 the city has closed on a $5.2 million expenditure to purchase a 52-acre portion of Windy Hill to turn into a future park.

Windy Hill, located near Old Smryna Road on the east side of the city, dates back to 1800s and is home to the historic Sneed House, built by one of the first settlers in the area, according to the city.

The city finalized an agreement March 9 to purchase the land from owners Wilbur and Lucy Sensing at an appraised value of $100,000 per acre.

At the time, commissioners said the city opted to purchase the land to prevent it from being privately purchased and developed.

“The Sensings have been wonderful stewards of the land for many years, and I think it is appropriate that the city play a role in ensuring this property remains a community asset for the future," Brentwood Mayor Rhea Little said in a statement.


Before the land is opened to the public as a park, the city will first develop a master plan and solicit feedback from the community, according to a release from the city. The park, now named Windy Hill Park, is planned as a passive park, meaning it will feature only walking and biking trails and will not have any athletic facilities.

To learn more about Windy Hill Park and its history, read Community Impact Newspaper's March cover story here.
By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.