Riverfront redevelopment gets underway today

Monday, October 4, 2010 at 11:45pm
Staff reports

Groundbreaking on the first phase of Nashville’s long-awaited riverfront redevelopment project is set for Tuesday morning.

Mayor Karl Dean and other city leaders will convene at 10 a.m. on the east bank of the Cumberland River to formally kick off construction of the city’s new Adventure Play Park, a 6.5-acre family oriented play park that is the first of several upgrades outlined in the city’s riverfront redevelopment plan.

Dean carved out funds for the $8.5 million project in last year’s capital spending plan.

Project leaders say the play park –– sandwiched between the Korean Veterans and Shelby Street bridges –– is designed for kids of all ages. Noteworthy features include a hollow designed for small children, a gorge for larger children, a spray ground, a scooped misting meadow, a grass amphitheater and a canopy that doubles as a stage for events up to 1,200 people.

Part of the play park plan includes renovations to the old Nabrico building, which sits near the park. It’s still not known what will be housed in the Nabrico building.

5 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 10/5/10 at 9:39

wow... what a waste of good land. Why would they put a play park next to an NFL stadium where restaurants, shopping, and bars should go so that people can spend money before and after the games? Why would any parents take their kids there to play? The location is horrible for kids to play. I really don't understand the thinking of some of the city leaders. This makes absolutely no sense to me.

By: airvols on 10/5/10 at 9:51

We agree on this one NewYorker, and why don't someone condem the eyesore called a recycle center next to this kiddie park. The Baseball stadium would be better off there than this. The parking and traffic flow are already in place for a major sporting event on that side of the river and the area could become a major sports entertainment area. I agree with cleaning up the riverfront, but the kiddie park is in the wrong place.

By: thenderson823 on 10/5/10 at 10:50

Gosh you are all such downers.

I think the park is a great step forward and I will be taking my kids there to play with the many others that will be there. Look at Chattanooga's great riverfront area - the more we are like that the better - a river front that can be used by more than concert goers and football fans - a place for locals, regular people, no events needed to bring us there and at the river front at last!

I do agree that the recycling plant needs a new home one of these days - I could see and nice baseball stadium there - and those stores also.

I'll see you all at the water features in the park - I bet you'll be there playing like a little 5 year old before you know it!


By: NewYorker1 on 10/5/10 at 12:28

I'd rather see a Bergdorf Goodman's, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and my favorite restaurants there than a butch of wild-disrespectful kids running around.

By: judyboodo@yahoo.com on 10/5/10 at 2:33

thenderson823 on 10/5/10 at 11:50

"Gosh you are all such downers.

I think the park is a great step forward and I will be taking my kids there to play with the many others that will be there." I'll tell you what "others" will be there, Nashville's much beloved homeless population, thats who! This is going to be one of the dumbest projects the city has ever done. Better watch 'em close ole' 823, or they might be on a milk carton before 'ya know it.