Work on new East Bank park progressing on schedule

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11:22pm

Roughly one month into work, the site on which the Cumberland River East Bank’s Play Park will sit is now essentially free of surface asphalt parking and ready for below-ground utility work.

Chris Koster, riverfront development director for the Metro Parks Department, said the site has transformed quickly.

“We are moving along,” Koster said, adding that the effort has yet to hit any snags. “We’re in the process of beginning to run utilities to the site of the Play Park."

Hardaway Construction Corp. is handling the general contracting for the work on the Play Park (for which there is currently a naming contest), which is straddled on either end by the Shelby and Korean War Veterans bridges.

On a related note, Koster said work on the historic NABRICO Building is transitioning from interior remediation to some specific exterior demolition work.

“There will be several weeks of work on that,” he said.

Nashville-based Hastings Architecture Associates is handling the redesign of NABRICO.

Metro Parks and the Metro Development and Housing Agency are teaming on the approximately $30 million, multi-phase riverfront redevelopment.

Both the Play Park and the NABRICO Building are slated for completion by summer 2011. 

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4 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 11/2/10 at 7:56

what a waste of good land.

By: MrT on 11/2/10 at 10:37

Too bad that $30M couldn't have been put into Metro schools!

By: bmazor on 11/2/10 at 12:16

See, a park on the East Side will make a CVS at 4th & Broadway stand out so much more as a tourist draw..

By: NewYorker1 on 11/2/10 at 2:35

I'd rather see $30M burned than to go into Metro schools. The school system waste enough of our tax dollars. They don't need more. I saw something on the news yesterday about some after school program that tax payers are paying for. If the kids want some after school activities, then let the parents pay for it. The schools are doing WAY too much and crossing so many lines as it is. They need to go back to the basics and teach reading, writing, math, and computers and all that other crap needs to be taught at home.