Mayor Karl Dean is expected to announce funding for the construction of a new park at the fairgrounds property off Nolensville Pike and Wedgwood Avenue this afternoon, adding details to a plan he’s hinted at before.
The announcement will also include plans to replace the Sevier Park Community Center with a new, larger facility. The projects are part of the mayor’s capital-spending plan, which was released last week and has been presented to the Metro Council.
A task force assigned to study the future of the fairgrounds property recommended in a report last week building a park near Browns Creek, which borders the neighborhood. Now, there is no park in the area.
Between 30 and 40 acres of fairgrounds property fall within a floodplain, essentially shielding it from future development.
As part of his capital-spending plan, Dean has also proposed relocating the fairgrounds’ expo center events — the flea market, antique shows, etc. — to space inside Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch. The project also includes building a new regional community center, library and public health center, among other things.
After years of declining revenue, Dean has made clear that Metro is no longer interested in the state fair business. The final Metro-operated Tennessee State Fair at its current location runs through Sept. 19.