The city of Dickson has begun the process of bringing 60 acres recently purchased to expand J. Dan Buckner Park into the city limits. At last week’s meeting, the city council approved a plan of services and first reading of an ordinance to annex the property unanimously following public hearings at which nobody spoke. The city recently purchased 61.5 acres to the west of Buckner Park from the Neal Tidwell estate for a little more than $90,000. The property brings the park to over 180 acres after the addition of the 60-acre tract known as the Peeler property in 1990 for $125,000. Mayor Don Weiss has said the opportunity to purchase the property for future expansion of the park was too good for the city to pass up, even in a tight budget year, and the city used some of its $300,000 contingency fund for the purchase. While no specific plans for the use of the new property have been developed, Councilman and Park Board member Scott England said the existing Buckner Park is “built out” for ballfields and other facilities without doing expensive excavation work. England has said the Tidwell property is much more suitable for development without as much site preparation. Weiss has said he anticipates the park board will bring in a consultant to develop a plan for future use of the new property. The annexation into the city limits still requires one more vote at May’s meeting and then the property also will be given an R-1 zoning classification. Since the property is currently undeveloped, there was no major additional expenses included in the plan of services approved last week.