As reported by our sister publication Nashville Post, Mayor Karl Dean unveiled riverfront park projects this morning on the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. The plans — which have now entered the design phase — include a flood wall, a "We Are Nashville" pedestrian promenade, a 4.5-acre park (with a boat landing) on the Cumberland River's east bank, a 12-acre park on the west bank, and an amphitheater at the former Thermal Transfer Plant site. The plans also include a 1.5-acre event lawn, and the amphitheater will have a 6,500-person capacity. From our Scene/Post colleague Stephen Hale:
“This is the last great piece of open space in downtown Nashville,” Dean said. “And it sits in the premier location on the edge of our river. Like other great cities that have taken the effort to preserve and plan open space downtown, I believe if done right the Thermal site can be an iconic park that generations of Nashvillians will be proud of and which they can enjoy.”
The concept as envisioned — and described in a release from the mayor's office — would include a a 1.5-acre event lawn that “could accommodate a soccer field and be a place for picnics and Frisbee games.” The amphitheater would have capacity for 6,500 people and could host new events — such as performances from the Nashville Symphony — as well as existing ones like the city's July 4 celebration and the CMA Music Festival. The project would also include a mile of new greenway that would complete a two-mile, continuous path connecting downtown to the east bank and back.
Hale further reports that "the Metro Council has approved about $35 million for riverfront redevelopment on the west bank," and that "the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency approved the reallocation of $7.1 million in federal flood relief."
So, 6,500-person capacity. That's far less than capacity at the current Lawn at Riverfront space (home to the Southern Ground Fest, last year's With Your Friends Fest and more), and only a couple thousand higher than that of The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel. Hmm. Anyway, hop on over to the Post for more conceptual renderings.