'Arts' grant money to drive conversation of alternative sports park along Cumberland River

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 5:04pm

What if a large swath of industrial property in an east bank crook of the Cumberland River was instead a haven for kayakers, BMX bikers, skateboarders or Ultimate Frisbee players?

With the announcement of a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nashville Civic Design Center is inviting artists, designers and civic planners to conceptualize just what such an alternative sports park would look like.

The NEA announced the grant awards last week, with the Frist Center for the Visual Arts ($48,000) and the Nashville Opera Association ($16,500) also receiving fiscal year 2012 grants.

With its grant portion, the design center plans to launch a competition and exhibition to explore the possibility of an alternative sports park within the 100-year flood plain on 75 acres of industrial-zoned property. The perceived use of the land changed after last years flood, according to the NCDC.

“This is an ‘ideas competition,’ but the intent would be for someone to pick up on all of these ideas and actually build something,” said Stephanie McCullough, communication and community outreach coordinator for the NCDC.

The project, which is still in the planning phase, in part aims to highlight the role civic design plays in encouraging healthy activities.

The design center also received NEA grant money last year, which it used for the “Design Your Neighborhood Project” this summer. A documentary based on that project is expected to premiere in January.

The Frist’s grant award will go to support the “Carrie Mae Weems: Image-Maker, Storyteller, Muse” travelling exhibition to arrive next fall.

The opera association is expected to use its NEA grant money for the productions of Puccini's “La Fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West).”

2 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 11/23/11 at 4:38

This will be good for Nashville.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 11/23/11 at 8:22

A total complete waste of money. But I guess it would be more entertainment for the homeless men who will inhabit the water park for their hygiene needs.