NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Mayor Karl Dean Sunday opened Cumberland Park, an innovative new play space for children and families incorporating nature inspired play structures and water features to create an exciting new attraction along Nashville’s riverfront. Dean was joined by Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency Executive Director Phil Ryan and Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch for the opening. Cumberland Park sits adjacent to LP Field and is part of the Riverfront Redevelopment Plan.
“Cumberland Park encourages physical play and activity, incorporates the natural beauty of the riverfront and adds to the vitality of the East Bank, which are all important to me,” Dean said. “The play park is unlike any other park we have in Nashville, and I see it becoming a major attraction and gathering place for families.”
The 6.5-acre park sits between the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge. It has direct access to the Shelby Street Bridge by way of a new elevator and staircase. The park was built at a cost of $9.5 million.
“I’m proud MDHA has been able to be a part of this really unique destination for the city’s families,” Ryan said. “For decades to come, Cumberland Park will be a place where kids from across the community will be able to come and play together and where lots of family memories will be created. This is a complex project with lots of innovative features, and I’m glad we took the time and attention-to-detail needed to create a space unlike any other in the country.”
A variety of special events, including live music and festivals, will be held at the park this year. “Cumberland Park is an extraordinary and unique addition to Metro’s diverse park system,” Lynch said. “It’s a park designed to creatively engage the entire family with both active and passive recreational features such as wading pools, interactive play equipment, picnic areas and an amphitheater, just to name a few.
Cumberland Park is distinctively Nashville, and it’s a great local and regional destination point that will connect people to the riverfront.” Cumberland Park is part of the larger Riverfront Revitalization Plan which includes renovation of the adjacent Bridge Building, as well as development of The Lawn, an open space for recreation and events, and the Bridge Building Landing. Detailed design for The Lawn is underway.
The park was developed by Metro Nashville government and the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency, designed by Hargreaves and Associates and built by Hardaway Construction. It will be operated and managed by Metro Parks.