Nashville sets aside $30M for riverfront redevelopment
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced plans Thursday to set aside $30 million to develop both sides of the Cumberland River as it runs through downtown Nashville.
The mayor said the $30 million renovation will get Nashville "back on track" and take the riverfront to "a whole new level."
"It will make the riverfront sort of the center piece of our city," he said.
The mayor envisions an interactive water feature, a rock climbing wall, an amphitheater, walking paths and parks.
A section on the east bank will be called Riverfront Adventure Park.
Proponents of the mayor's plan, like Nashville resident Kellie Givens, who walks along the river on a regular basis, say the city is losing millions in tourist dollars and point to other cities that are capitalizing on their waterfronts.
"I think it will be a big boom for the tourist industry," said Givens, who used to live in San Antonio and points to the canal there as the city's focal point. "You go to the Parthenon, it's packed all the time and you come to this side of the river and it's nothing."
Mayor Dean expects the riverfront redevelopment to attract new visitors to Nashville while changing the landscape of downtown.
"The riverfront redevelopment is going to be one of most exciting things occurring in our city in next five to 10 years," he said.
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