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Final Designs Released For West Riverfront Park

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Final Designs Released For West Riverfront Park

CREATED May 19, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The final design artwork has been released for a park that will be located at the site of the former Thermal Transfer Plant in downtown Nashville.

The final design and artist renderings of phase one of the West Riverfront Park were unveiled Monday by Mayor Karl Dean. The design features an amphitheater with lawn terraces and an area called “The Bowl,” riverfront gardens, fitness circuit, green area and playground.

Th 35,000 square foot amphitheater will seat up to 6500 people, and developers said audience members will have a view of the stage and downtown Nashville.  The facility will be built to Silver LEED certification. Sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, solar power and rainwater collection.

"This 11 acre site jumped out as a place to do an amphitheater and a world class park," said Larry Atema, the Senior Project and Development Manager for West Riverfront Park.  "This is a place where residents of Davidson County can gather as well as visitors coming to downtown."

“This site is the last great vestige of open space in downtown Nashville, and I can’t think of a better use for such beautiful green space than a world-class park, coupled with a spectacular performance venue to showcase all that Music City has to offer,” Mayor Dean said in a press release. “This iconic park will quickly become a destination for active recreation and enjoyment for residents who live in all parts of Davidson County, as well as visitors to our city.”

Dean first proposed the idea of a riverfront park and amphitheater in September 2010.

"Whatever goes there should be a signature for a city because it's so visible from all over the place and I think that's a place where you really could put something that's symbolic of our city," Dean said at the time.

The plot of land has sat vacant and fenced-off for more than a decade after the Nashville Thermal Transfer Corporation plant was torn down in January 2004.

"We've really been trying to develop the downtown for years," said Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore who sponsored the ordinance dedicating the land to the project. "This will be a wonderful addition. We're talking about an amphitheater which will build off the symphony and bring a different type of musical venue downtown - to build on our music brand."

Altogether, the riverfront improvements total around $35 million.  Metro Council Members approved the money for the development in three prior capital spending plans.

Construction started the first of the year.  The park has been scheduled to open summer 2015.