WE DID IT! With your support, we saved the Batey Farm! THANK YOU!
Welcome! We are a private, non-profit organization founded in February of 2018 by concerned citizens of Hendersonville, Tennessee, who wish to preserve the natural beauty of our city. Our mission is to conserve land throughout the city and create greenspace and park land for the benefit of all our residents.
Our first effort is to acquire what is known as “Batey Farm”, two tracts of 73 acres up for sale on the Indian Lake Peninsula at Indian Lake Road and East Drive, with the intent of maintaining it as a passive, open-space park, and preserving a natural environment with public access forever.
On March 13, 2018, the City of Hendersonville Mayor and Board of Aldermen passed a resolution to purchase and preserve the lower 35 acres for $3 million. We, the FOFILP non-profit corporation, hope to purchase the upper 38 acres once we reach $1 million in donated funds.
In order to show the city and the sellers FOFILP was serious about our commitment, we raised - in 10 short days leading up to March 13 - over $650,000 in private donations to purchase the upper 38 acres! The resolution passed 7-6 in an historic vote, and now we are urgently working to raise the remainder of the $1 million needed to purchase the upper tract.
To preserve this greenspace WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please help us get the word out -and help us to raise the remainder of the $1 million by July 1, 2018.
Thank you for leaving a legacy for your generation and those to come,
The board of Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula
1) The quickest and easiest way is to donate securely online via PayPal by clicking the DONATE NOW button at the top of our page.
2) You may mail a check to our office at:
Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula
102 Hazel Path, Suite 6
Hendersonville, TN 37075-3889
3) You may deliver CASH and check donations in person at:
101 Springhouse Ct
Hendersonville, TN 37075
As of 3/14/18, we are officially registered as a non-profit corporation in the State of TN as “Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula”. We have filed our application for registration under Tennessee’s Charitable Solicitations Act and are under pending status with permission to proceed.
A well-respected, local CPA has filed the paperwork with the IRS to grant us federal tax-exempt status: 501(c)(3).
It could take months for the IRS to approve our application, and therefore, for your donation to be considered tax-deductible. A letter from the IRS in April 2018 confirmed receipt of our application and acknowledged they are reviewing it. At best, we may hear by 7/1/18, but if they have questions, it could take months more.
While we are confident we will achieve that status, you should know that there is a small risk it could be denied. However, with the tax law changes, this will likely only matter to those who itemize deductions above $24,000 this year for couples ($12,000 for individuals). If this is important to you, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you as best we can.
You are welcome to call the Chairman of our Board of Directors, Ken Verble if you have any questions (615-419-7969)
We will mail you a receipt for your records and if the deal is not consummated, we will return 100% of your donation (with the exception of the 2.9% fee PayPal takes from all donations made with a credit card).
Let’s do this … we have “skin in the game”!
We hope you will help us with our goal of buying the Batey Farm with the intent of maintaining it as a passive, open-space park. We want to maintain the emphasis on preserving a natural environment with public access forever.
Here is 73 acres of beautiful space that we can save from development.
Imagine both tracts developed. 160 + homes.
Thirty-five acres is the Batey Farm, located at the corner of Indian Lake Road and East Drive, and the other 38 acres is the wooded parcel sandwiched behind Stuart Drive, Trail East Drive, and Nathan Forest Drive.
Donate securely online by clicking the "Donate Now" button at the top of the page.
Make your checks payable to “Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula”
Mail to our headquarters:
Friends of Indian Lake Peninsula
102 Hazel Path, Suite 6,
Hendersonville, TN 37075-3889.
This is a huge opportunity to secure greenspace for future generations, and we need as much support and help as possible.
Please help get the word out. Tell your friends, knock on doors, follow us on Facebook.
In order to save and conserve this property we need to raise funds to purchase the land. Please donate to help us reach our goal!
Please see our gallery for photos and videos of our project.
We have one shot at this so please do your part and help us make this a reality.
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