NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A project that has been off the radar of many is quietly moving forward on the east bank of the Cumberland River.
The Adventure Play Park, slated to be built between the Korean Veterans Bridge and Shelby Street pedestrian bridge, south of LP Field could be up and running by next year.
Project Director Ed Owens expects the seven-and-a-half acre plot of land would eventually become a child's delight.
He told News 2 the park would be complete with water jets, rock climbing walls, wading pools and picnic areas, adding, "There will be a small amphitheater for occasional performance events so it is intended as a complete family oriented package."
Standing in the way of the project are 277 parking spaces currently controlled by the Metropolitan Sports Authority and leased to the Titans for game day parking.
Under a deal that could be finalized this week, the parking lots would be used for the park and the parking spaces scattered to other locations around LP Field.
"They will go in and around the existing stadium," Owens explained. "We will enlarge existing parking areas."
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.
"It's going to be an incredible enhancement to the quality of life for downtown Nashville but also for all Nashvillians," said the mayor. "People will want to come downtown and spend time on the river and it will be just a major addition to our city."
The sports authority is expected to vote on the parking lot exchange on Friday.
City officials hope to have the new Adventure Play Park open by next year, in time for the summer season.
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