Nashville-2019

Multi-million dollar Nashville fairgrounds overhaul making progress

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) - Crews have been working non-stop overhauling the Nashville Fairgrounds and it won't be long until you can visit the park. 

The 22-acre area at Craighead and Bransford known as “Fair Park” will be the first of the overhaul to open to the public. 

Right now, crews are making improvements to the sidewalks and driveway. Once the permits are in place, it will be ready for you and your four-legged friends. 

"We are getting inundated with community questions about when that dog park is opening. The community is very excited, and the neighborhood is very excited about that amenity," Laura Womack Executive Director with the Fairgrounds Nashville told News 2.  

Around the one-acre dog park are walking and bike trails and multi-purpose rec fields, funded by $6 million in Metro dollars.  

"This place deserves this massive infusion of capital and we are really grateful," said Womack.  

Around the corner, at the main entrance off Nolensville Pike, crews are working on the new exposition facilities.  

"We have started site work so right now we are working on getting the grade set for the new buildings and pretty soon, probably within the next two weeks, we should be pouring footers and getting the slab in for the new buildings."  

There will be three buildings with about 130,000 square feet of consolidated office space and a café.  

"We are moving very quick. We've got a very tight time frame to get the building up to relocate," she explained.  

The relocation goal is this summer.  

"We are really close to pouring concrete already and we do expect the building in mid to late February, so we should start seeing building construction in March."  

After that construction can begin on the new Major League Soccer stadium. The $275 million dollar project includes demolition of the existing buildings and sheds, where the stadium will be built.  

"They are in design right now. Of course, we are working very closely with them on our progress, because those two things are tied. So, we need to get our building up, be fully relocated, move our events down to the new space and then they will start the demolition and construction of the stadium," said Womack.  

The plan is to remain aggressive on the timeline with hopes of opening the dog park the middle of next month


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