Groundbreaking held for new riverfront play park - WKRN News 2

Groundbreaking held for new riverfront play park

Posted: Updated: Oct 5, 2010 11:57 AM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning in Nashville for a new play park on the east bank of the Cumberland River.

The park will comprise approximately 6.5 acres, situated between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge, just south of LP Field.

Phase I, scheduled to be completed next summer, will include a family-oriented park with a range of recreational activities, landscaped gardens, picnic areas, a stage area, a river walk and much more.

Work will also begin this fall on renovating the former Nashville Bridge Co. building immediately adjacent to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The building will house office space, concessions and public restrooms, and is expected to open in conjunction with the play park next year.

"Starting the riverfront redevelopment on the east bank with a family-oriented park is the right way to get this development going," Mayor Dean said in a statement issued Tuesday.  "That's what riverfront redevelopment is all about, it's about creating usable green space on the banks of our river that will bring families downtown on a Saturday afternoon to play."

As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, the mayor also announced a competition for Nashville residents to name the park.

Entries will be accepted through November 24 and should be submitted online at NashvilleRiverfront.org.

When complete, Nashville's new riverfront development will be 10 times the size of the existing Riverfront Park.

Mayor Dean and the Metro Council allocated $30 million in the 2009-2010 capital spending plan to fund the initial phases of the project.

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