Mayor Karl Dean released final plans Monday of an 11-acre park on the west bank of the Cumberland River that will feature an amphitheater, Nashville’s first downtown dog park and a 1.5-acre event lawn called “the Green.”
Construction of the park began earlier this year and it is scheduled to open in the summer of 2015.
The park represents the first phase of an 18-acre riverfront transformation plan from Church Street to Korean Veterans Boulevard on the downtown side of the river. The amphitheater, which will be accessible to the public on non-event days, will accommodate 6,500 people with “semi-fixed” seating for 2,200, plus 4,000 lawn seats and a 300-person greenway pavilion. The 100-by-60-foot stage will have a 40-foot vertical opening.
Mayor Dean says he 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.
The amphitheater will be built with environmentally sustainable features such as geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, solar power and rainwater collection. The mayor’s office said the design was inspired in part by the river’s limestone bluffs. The amphitheater walls are designed to appear like natural stone rising out of the ground.