New riverfront play park named Cumberland Park - WKRN News 2

New riverfront play park named Cumberland Park

Posted: Updated: May 27, 2011 2:53 PM CDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The newly named Cumberland Park is beginning to take shape along the east bank of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville.

An online contest helped the city choose a name for the play park, currently under construction just south of LP Field, between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The first phase of the project, scheduled to be completed later this year, will include a range of family-friendly recreational activities, landscaped gardens, picnic areas, a stage area and river walk, among other attractions.

In announcing the park's new name Thursday, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean also provided an update and an overview of the $30 million revitalization project.

"We have taken an old industrial site and we're restoring it for the community to use," the mayor announced.

The land being churned and groomed was once home to a riverfront filled with industries that could have caused chemicals to leak into the ground.

Project Manager Ed Owen says visitors need not worry.

He told Nashville's News 2 environmental questions have been around since the east bank was first redeveloped for the Titans stadium in the late 1990s, adding, "Humans will never come into contact with any of the old industrial soil."

He continued, "The orange tape is warning tape where we bury the less desirable soil, if you will, and bring in 24-inches of clean topsoil and do all the landscaping and planning on it."

The ongoing project also includes 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 also expected to open later this year.

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

Read more about the project online at NashvilleRiverfront.org.

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