MDHA hires architect to jumpstart riverfront water park

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 3:53pm

Massachusetts-based landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates has been tapped for the design of the first phase of the new $30 million Riverfront Park Plan.

The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency board awarded the $2.1 million design contract to the firm, which developed the 20-year master plan for the Riverfront Concept in 2006.

Hargreaves, which did design work for the revitalization of Chattanooga and Knoxville’s riverfronts, as well as for the Olympic Parks in London and Sydney, will prepare final construction documents for the 7.5-acre Adventure Play Park, slated to be located between the Gateway and Shelby Street Pedestrian bridges on the east bank.

The firm also will lead a team preparing designs and obtaining environmental permitting for 17 park and open space projects along both sides of the river — six of which the Metro Council decided to build this year.

“They are certainly strong with expertise and familiarity based on their previous experience,” Ed Owens, MDHA’s riverfront development director, said.

Owens hopes construction on the first phase can begin next summer with a completion date some time in 2011.

The next step in the riverfront upgrade is rehabbing the historic Nashville Bridge Company building that sits at the foot of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. Owens said there should be movement on that “in the next few months,” but talks have not begun on finding tenants for the property.

Funds for the first phase of projects were approved as part of Mayor Karl Dean’s 2009-2010 capital spending plan.

8 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 11/10/09 at 4:53

Hope the water park will have its own parking.

Spend it like you have it.

By: sidneyames on 11/11/09 at 8:19

Funds for the first phase of projects were approved as part of Mayor Karl Dean’s 2009-2010 capital spending plan.

Run us in the ground Karl; we don't need money, we just need to spend it like we have it. Pretend we have a surplus.

By: NewYorker1 on 11/11/09 at 9:01

They can use my tax dollars for this. Since I have no kids in the school system, at least a project like this I can enjoy some of my tax dollars.

By: girliegirl on 11/11/09 at 9:10

I'm sorry...did I miss something here? We gave tax breaks to Opryland to TEAR DOWN their park.... yet we're going to spend money we don't have for yet ANOTHER amusement park????? Whoa~

By: Hollowhead on 11/11/09 at 9:13

Looks like Dean will follow Bredison 4 spending money we aint got 4 things I don't get 2 use, even though it's in my back yard. My property taxes my not have increased in percentage but because I live 5 blocks from the Titan's home, which I can't afford 2 go 2, my property appraisal goes up @ a rate of some 28%, I call that a tax increase. I think the tax should be on the ticket price 4 those using the places.

By: xhexx on 11/11/09 at 11:26

How many water parks do we need? Nashville Shores just got bought by former Six Flags executives that plan to revamp and expand it. Just look at the bang up job Metro is already doing with the Two Rivers Wave Pool. I can't imagine they're going to do any better on the riverfront.

By: idgaf on 11/11/09 at 8:32

Someone PLEASE start a recall on this bum.

By: Time for Truth on 11/12/09 at 8:32

id and others, this is not a Nashville Shores or Opryland style park, more of passive park from the pics I've seen. They were shown on NCP a while back. And Hollowhead, I don't think they'll charge admission. I don't have a big problem with this, unless they revive the idea of cutting a channel around LP field and creating a 'fantasy island' in the river. That one was the height of idiocy, right up there with the MCC.

id, why don't you start the recall? I'll sign the petition.