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Mayor proposes park at state fairgrounds site

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The state fairgrounds are located in south Nashville. The state fairgrounds are located in south Nashville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Monday announced plans to turn part of the Tennessee State Fairgrounds into a mixed-use park.

Under the plan, 40-acres of the fairgrounds site bordering Brown's Creek would become a park, with both ball fields and green space.

Exactly what would go into the park is up for discussion. The mayor said there will be meetings to get the public's feedback.

"Obvious things such as baseball fields, soccer fields, other things the community may be interested in having," he said of what the park would consist of.  "Restore the creek and create a big attraction or something for that neighborhood so people can take advantage of this space."

The Tennessee State Fair is in its last year at the fairgrounds, and while many are sad to see it leave the area, some say the proposed park would be a great addition to the neighborhood.

Sandra Moore, the Metro Council representative for District 17, told News 2, "We did see an expressed interest in green space, because looking at Brown's Creek which is on the other side of the park, people want to see that preserved."

Jacqueline Jones, who lives in the community, is opposed to moving the fair and racetrack, but believes the park would be good for neighborhood children.

"We have a lot of kids," she said. "They need somewhere to go have fun."

Mayor Dean said, "It's a great piece of land. It's got a great location and can bring a lot to this neighborhood, and energizes an area of our city that I think there's a huge potential in."

Dean said the project would require $2 million in spending.

Also on Monday, the mayor toured the Sevier Park Community Center on Lealand Lane in south Nashville and discussed plans to replace it with a larger facility.

Dean said that project would cost $4 million.

Money for both projects is included in his capitol spending plan, which was filed with the Metro Council on Friday.

Both projects require the council's approval.

Dean's capital improvement project includes more than $200 million for projects, with an additional $31 million in self-funded projects.

Community projects include creating two new police precincts, $15.5 million in new sidewalks and bikeways, $20 million in road and infrastructure improvements, and construction of the 28th Avenue Connector, among others.

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