Weather, tricky design blamed for play park delay - WKRN News 2

Weather, tricky design blamed for play park delay

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

It was supposed to open this summer, but wet weather and a tricky design have delayed the opening of Cumberland Park.

The $8.9 million play park is currently under construction on the east bank of the Cumberland River, just south of LP Field, between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

Metro officials say contractors are taking their time to get things right the first time.

"We are really focused on quality and not necessarily on expediency," Julie Oaks, communications manager for the Metro Development and Housing Agency, told Nashville's News 2.  "Obviously we want the project to be done in a timely fashion [but] we want the quality of the park to last for hundreds of years potentially."

Designs for the park were unveiled last fall.

MDHA says the first phase of the project, which will include a range of family-friendly recreational activities, landscaped gardens, picnic areas, a stage area and river walk, among other attractions, is now scheduled to be finished in late October.

Cumberland Park is part of a $30 million revitalization project that includes renovating the former Nashville Bridge Co. building immediately adjacent to the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.

The building will eventually house office space, concessions and public restrooms.

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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