Park coming to Cumberland River's east bank

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 5:52pm
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Preparations for an $8.5 million "Adventure Play Park" on the Cumberland River’s east bank advanced Tuesday, as the Metro Development and Housing Agency’s board approved an agreement with the Nashville Sports Authority to relocate 277 LP Field parking spaces that sit within the project’s footprint.

A portion of the 7.5-acre property — situated on a triangular-shaped piece of land between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge — falls under the domain of the sports authority, which has leased it to the Tennessee Titans organization for parking.

Under the agreement with MDHA, those parking spots would be moved to other areas near LP Field. The swap will only be completed if the sports authority signs off on the deal at its regularly scheduled meeting Friday.

“This development agreement simply sets out the conditions by which we will relocate some of the parking that’s there today on the riverfront to other areas around the stadium in return for setting up this site for construction of the 'Adventure Play Park,' ” said Ed Owens, riverfront redevelopment director for MDHA.

Construction of the park — which would include a wide range of amenities for children and adults alike — is the first installment of Nashville’s Riverfront Redevelopment Project, a bold 20-year plan to transform the Cumberland’s east and west banks through expanded parks, trails, water recreation and environmental preservation, among other things.

Mayor Karl Dean over the summer 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, according to Owens. He said the renovation of the existing NABRICO building, which sits near the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, should be the next phase.

“We hope to start the final design of the NABRICO project within the next few months to bring it along in conjunction with the adventure play park,” Owens said.

11 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 2/10/10 at 12:10

Rent the land to Dolly for a buck and let her build it.

By: MusicCity615 on 2/10/10 at 11:38

Great. Thank you Mayor Dean. Another move that will benefit the city.

Most cities would kill to have a river right at their downtowns (Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Dallas, phoenix, etc) and some have even constructed rivers (San Antonio) This is the right move, and in the future I want PSC Metals to leave and turn that whole area into an incredible park/recreation/amphitheatre area that you see in DC, New York, Europe etc.

I'm going on, but this is a great first start and could really get the ball rolling.

By: nvestnbna on 2/10/10 at 11:50

I don't think Dolly owns Dollywood. The PSC site will never be a park.

By: AmyLiorate on 2/10/10 at 12:12

A play park that is about as far from any neighborhood as you can get in Nashville?

"Daddy, will you drive us down to the park by the junkyard?"

By: nvestnbna on 2/10/10 at 12:33

Amy, I don't think you understand this is but one phase of a riverfront redevelopment plan. It should be an excellent addition and beginning of more improvements and citizen accessible amenities along the river. These projects have had dramatic results in other cities - Louisville, Chattanooga.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/10/10 at 1:23

i agree, nvestnbna. gotta start somewhere!

By: AmyLiorate on 2/10/10 at 1:23

Sure, I see the bigger picture. But how many years away is that?

Where PSC to be moving out in the foreseeable future and some mixed use zoning going into place there then sure - it'd be a great idea.

I really hesitated before making a naysayer comment. But of all things I just have to think this park could be a better value closer to where some children actually live.

The idea that for them to use the park means that they'll have to load up in a car and go where nothing else is going on (except during football season) just seems like a poor plan.

I'll put on my optimist glasses now. ;)

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 2/10/10 at 2:26

Just another place for the homeless to congregate. All parks need policing, maintenance and a host of other expenses that add into your taxes. Until the riverfront is developed to encompass commercial restaurants, bars and especially the pleasure boating crowd then your just getting another feel good, look what we're doing project. Mommas be sure and take lots of dollar bills to give out to the homeless!

By: BigPapa on 2/10/10 at 4:18

Those fountains will make nice showers for the bums. Maybe they wont smell so bad come summer time. Of course theres always the chance they'll decide to use it as a toliet...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 2/10/10 at 4:28

it's hard to get private business to take the lead.

By: Cgreen on 7/6/10 at 4:06

WHY IS THERE NO TENNESSEE COMPANIES THAT CAN DO ANYTHING FOR CARL DEAN??? JUST LIKE THE CONVENTION CENTER WHICH 90% OF THE MONEY SPENT HAS GONE TO OUT OF STATE COMPANIES, THIS PROJECT WILL GO TO AN OUT OF STATE COMPANY. WHO'S FOR TENNESSEE???? NOT CARL DEAN!!! TENNESSEE JOBS FIRST......TENNESSEE COMPANIES FIRST!!!!! THERE SHOULD BE AN INVESTIGATION!!!!