Cumberland Park finalist for national urban park award - WKRN News 2

Cumberland Park finalist for national urban park award

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Cumberland Park in downtown Nashville has received top honors as a finalist for the Urban Open Space Award.

The park is located downtown along the east side of the Cumberland River between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge.

It is one of five finalists for the award given by the Urban Land Institute to honor public destinations that celebrate successful urban open spaces that help revitalize and enrich the community.

Eligibility includes being predominantly outdoors, open to the public, used on a daily and promote physical, social and economic health for the community, among other characteristics.

The 6.5 acre park includes an outdoor amphitheater that can hold 1,200 people and boasts multiple play areas for children and families.

If it wins, the individual or organization most responsible for the park's creation will receive a $10,000 cash prize, as well as a commemorative plaque.

The prize money would be very beneficial to the city.

"It could help if we have to replant some of the plants over at the facility, but it could help in a myriad of ways. We could use it there or develop aspects of other parks," stated Tommy Lynch, Metro Parks Director.

The winner is expected to be announced this week at the annual ULI Fall conference.

Cumberland Park is open daily from dawn to 11 p.m.

Stay tuned to News 2 This Morning for more information from Reporter Heather Jensen.

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