Mayor Karl Dean Thursday announced Nashville’s new riverfront park will be called Cumberland Park.
Prior to the announcement, the park was referred to as Adventure Park, an interim name.
Last fall Dean encouraged Nashvillians to suggest an appropriate name for the new family-oriented play park under construction on the east bank of the Cumberland River downtown. More than 200 suggestions were received from more than 170 people with “Cumberland” as the most frequently suggested name.
“Since the founding of our city, the Cumberland River has been a vital economic and social link for Nashville, so it seems fitting this new active, family-oriented play park be named Cumberland Park,” Dean said in a release. “The new play park … is the next step toward reclaiming Nashville’s waterfront and creating vibrant, active green spaces that bring families and visitors downtown to enjoy healthy activities.”
Cumberland Park — situated between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge — is currently under construction and expected to open later this year. The park will contain a series of play zones that offer a range of both active and passive recreational features such as natural play equipment for children, spray-grounds and water jets, bridges, climbing walls, walking paths, picnic areas, a stage with an open lawn and a river walk.
Cumberland Park will also include sustainable features. For irrigation, the park is designed to harvest stormwater from the park and adjacent parking lots and bridges where it will be scrubbed and used for irrigation on the park site. Treated water used for the play park water features will also be recycled for irrigation use. Invasive plants are being removed from the riverbank and will be replaced with native plantings, which will help decrease irrigation demand and improve ecological diversity. Of note, the former brownfield site is being fully remediated for its intended use and will return this waterfront area to a healthy, green space.
Next to Cumberland Park, work continues on the renovation of the former Nashville Bridge Company building, which will initially house Metro Parks Department office space, concessions and public restrooms. Rehabbing of the NABRICO building is expected to be completed later this year. The two projects carry a combined construction cost of about $16 million.
When fully implemented, the riverfront project area will be 10 times the size of the existing Riverfront Park. The Nashville Riverfront Concept Plan was completed in 2007, with Dean and the Metro Council allocating $30 million in the fiscal year 2010 capital spending plan to fund the initial phases. Approximately 19 elements in multiple phases are planned.