MDHA to develop small Charlotte Pike green space into park

Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 5:38pm
Staff reports

The Metro Development and Housing Agency announced plans Thursday to begin the development of Edmondson Park, a small area of green space off Charlotte Pike near the agency’s John Henry Hale homes.

The park is named after famed Nashville sculptor William Edmondson. MDHA has hired Nashville-based landscape architecture firm Hawkins Partners Inc. to lead the project’s design.

Hawkins Partners is to release a final Edmondson Park design plan by the spring.

The park will include sculptures honoring Edmondson, a native Nashvillian and son of slaves who became known for his “carvings of angels, animals and simple human figures” during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, according to an MDHA news release.

“It’s an honor for MDHA to play a role in the development of Edmondson Park,” MDHA Executive Director Phil Ryan said in a statement. “We’re issuing an invitation to our neighbors to join us in the design process as we work to transform this small piece of green space in the Charlotte corridor.”

The goal of the park, according to MDHA, is to provide open space for residents, create a gateway into the John Henry Hale neighborhood from Charlotte Pike and to recognize the accomplishments of a gifted artist.