First glimpses of riverfront revitalization projects coming

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 12:10pm
Staff reports

An upcoming open-house meeting will give Nashvillians their first glimpse of the designs for a new $8.5 million adventure play park slated for the east bank of the Cumberland River. The project is part of Nashville’s riverfront redevelopment project.

The meeting will run from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on July 15 at the west club-level at LP Field. Guests can park for free on the west side of the stadium.

Construction of the adventure play park — which consists of a wide-range of amenities for children and adults — is the first installment of Nashville’s riverfront redevelopment project, a 20-year plan to transform the Cumberland’s east and west banks through expanded parks, trails, water recreation and environmental preservation, among other things.

The park is to be situated on a triangular-shaped piece of land between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Mayor Karl Dean last year set aside $30 million in the 2009-2010 capital spending to jump-start the long-awaited revitalization.

Designs for the adventure play park are being completed by the architecture firm Hargreaves Associates in preparation for a late summer/early fall groundbreaking and an opening by the summer of 2011.

In conjunction with the new adventure play park, designers are also working on plans to renovate the old NABRICO building, which sits on the east bank.

10 Comments on this post:

By: Kosh III on 7/6/10 at 12:58

How much of this park would have been underwater May 2?

By: producer2 on 7/6/10 at 1:39

It is a water park so I guess it won't be a problem....:)

By: PKVol on 7/6/10 at 3:12

Based on the maps available at
almost all of this property would have had some water on it as of May 2. I don't think that should be a determining factor in this project.

By: JeffF on 7/6/10 at 4:03

I would wager that this project will mysteriously be cut but Dean will find money for the items on the downtown side. The further you get away from Broadway from 4th to 2nd the less likely Dean is to see a project forward to completion. Unless that project is tax collecting for the benefit of another downtown project of course.

How are the Fairgrounds and Bellevue Mall projects coming along Deano? Built that connector road for North and West Nashville yet?

By: Alphadog7 on 7/7/10 at 6:32

This is not a water park like Wave Country, its a nature park. Flooding would have required cleanup, but not a big issue.

By: tarane on 7/7/10 at 6:44

Someone be sure to ask for a copy of the Phase 1 Environmental Assessment, and the proposed mitigation plan for underlying contaminants commonly present in the soil on the east bank. Usually it involves capping the contamination with clean clay; would be nice to know what they plan.

By: trtay2004 on 7/7/10 at 7:25

I can't wait!! This is such a huge visable improvement for Nashville. Sorry some of you are so negative, but Nashville will benefit from this.

By: airvols on 7/7/10 at 8:31

Great, we can count the crushed cars as we let our kids play. Come on Mayor get rid of that eyesore on the east bank.

By: NewYorker1 on 7/7/10 at 12:33

What a silly project. I can't see this adding value to the city at all. We need something high end down there. Something where people with class can hang out.

By: Kosh III on 7/7/10 at 2:07

You mean only snobs with too much money? Ordinary citizens need not apply?