During a contentious mid-2009 debate at the East Park Community Center, East Nashvillians — upset that looming redevelopment of the Cumberland River was taking an unexpected (and even governmentally non-transparent) turn toward downtown’s west bank — were ready to riot. District Six Councilman Mike Jameson, with the citizens’ backing, gave an impassioned speech all but demanding the mayor’s office and the Metro Development and Housing Agency honor a previous commitment to have Phase I begin with the east bank (despite Mayor Karl Dean’s then-apparent desire to do otherwise). Ed Owens and Chris Koster, gamely representing MDHA (and likely fearing for their safety), did their best to assure the emotional throng their concerns would be heard. Dean & Co. wisely rethought their strategy, and now MDHA returns to the community center to solicit public input regarding the Adventure Play Park and Nashville Bridge Company (NABRICO) Building, work on both of which is tentatively slated to begin by year’s end. Get there early, as the joint will be packed — this time with happy east siders ready to offer ideas about how to combine water slides and rambunctious tykes.