NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A project planned for the east bank of the Cumberland River took another step forward this week.
The storm water management committee on Thursday unanimously approved the Adventure Play Park, slated to be built between the Korean Veterans Bridge and Shelby Street pedestrian bridge south of LP Field.
Project Director Ed Owens expects the seven-and-a-half acre plot of land will eventually become a child's delight.
"The park is going to be a family-oriented park to bring the community back downtown to rediscover and enjoy the riverfront," he told News 2. "It's not going to be a commercial endeavor with water slides. It's not intended to compete with facilities such as Nashville Shores. It will be designed for kids and adults of all ages to come down and interact creatively with the natural and man made landscape."
Money for the park has already been set aside.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said the development is just the beginning of a large-scale, 20-year plan to redevelop both banks of the Cumberland River.
The first phase consists of 19 projects on downtown property already owned by Metro.
Some 250 parking spaces from the future park site are being relocated to other locations around the LP Field.
Construction is already underway so the new spaces will be finished by the first pre-season Titans game in August.
Metro Council member Mike Jameson told News 2 there is already a lot of excitement surrounding the project.
"After the flood, the first round of calls were about people's homes, how do I get it fixed, how can I get in it, do I qualify for FEMA money?" he said. "The second most popular call was the Adventure Play Park. People wanted to know is it still coming. Is it still online?"
Also this week, the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency said it is in the final stages of preparing construction documents and will send them out for bidding later this summer.
Work on the park is scheduled to begin in the fall and wrap up next summer.