The final design and new renderings of the 11-acre West Riverfront Park’s first phase were unveiled earlier today by Nashville mayor Karl Dean. The park will include more than one mile of multi-use greenway trails, a downtown dog park, gardens, an amphitheater and a 1.5-acre event lawn dubbed The Green.
The park is slated to open in summer 2015.
“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. “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.”
The amphitheater site within the park will be fully-accessible to the public during non-event days, though it may be fenced and gated during events and pre-event setup. The amphitheater will accommodate up to 6,500 people with semi-fixed seating for 2,200, a 300-person greenway pavilion, and 4,000 lawn seats.
The amphitheater facility is approximately 35,000 square feet on two floors and includes a 100-foot by 60-foot stage with a 40-foot vertical opening designed to accommodate multiple forms of performance events. The facility is fully supported with an artist wing, operator offices, and dining and event space which open to a park-side terrace.
The amphitheater walls are designed to appear like natural stone rising out of the landscape, similar to the limestone cliffs along the Cumberland River. The stone bases are augmented with steel panels and a flat roof with natural finishes.
The amphitheater bowl will include multiple buildings for restrooms, concessions, first aid and sound control for events. The facility is being built to Silver LEED certification. Sustainable features include geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, solar power and rainwater collection.
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