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.