LP Field loses parking spots for proposed play park

Friday, February 12, 2010 at 3:47pm

The Metro Sports Authority agreed Friday to turn over 277 parking spots for a planned park as part of the city’s riverfront re-development.

The spots, in Lot R at LP Field, are in the footprint of the 7.5-acre Adventure Play Park, one of the first projects in the $30 million Riverfront Development Plan, administered by the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency.

In exchange for the spots, the city will turn over land it owns to add spots to Lot T — southeast of the stadium — and Lot H — west of the stadium — to make up for the lost space.

Ed Owens, who is heading up the project for MDHA said the new spots will be available for use by mid-July, in time for the Titans’ first preseason game, with the park set for completion by summer 2011.

“The commitment on the part of MDHA is we’re going to keep you whole. Every space we take, we’ll locate for you,” he said.

Coincidentally, MDHA closed the large parking lot behind the Sommet Center on Friday to begin construction on the Music City Center.