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Parks and Recreation

The Landing

The Riverfront Landing Opened in September 2015.

The Upper Park is new 2 acre oval shaped park space with trees and lighting that can be enjoyed for multiple uses such as free play, temporary athletic fields, special events, tailgating and festivals.

This area includes a new crushed stone plaza with a grove of over 60 new shade trees. Moveable chairs and tables are provided for seating and relaxing,

New pedestrian and bike pathways have been added designed surrounding the park and creating connections to the NABRICO building, Cumberland Park and the East Bank greenway and down to the water.

The Lower Park is the newly redesigned 2.25 acre park area directly on the river bank. The public green space has doubled in size and the steep bank slope has been re-worked into a gradual and gentler sloped park that provides for direct river access, for rest, relaxation, picnics and events.

Bench seating, new shade trees, picnic areas and meadow gardens and overlook views of downtown have been added.

It provides much needed breathing space on the river but also can be used as an informal spectator area for downtown special events viewing.

The water’s edge has been stabilized with a series of interlocking concrete blocks that act as rip-rap and provide an artificial “beach” suitable for launching kayaks, paddle boards and canoes, or for simply dipping your toes in the water. The lower park stabilizes some 350 feet of shoreline using articulated concrete armor mat. 320 feet of the riverbank has been re-planted.

The new slope and concrete mat creates one of the only areas within the downtown riverfront where the public can get access to the river directly and safely.

The concrete mat and mooring rings create a place where temporary docking for crew regatta events and crew team races could occur. Kayakers, crew teams and canoers can all easily walk their boats down the new slope and put in directly off the mat into the water

Riverboat landing and plaza. A new concrete docking loading plaza has been constructed next to the Ghost Ballet art sculpture for large boat access.

The new riverboat landing, boat dolphins and moorings creates a new reinforced docking location for the General Jackson, the Music City Queen or other larger boats to dock safely to load and unload passengers. Previously, large riverboats ran aground on the rock and grass area to unload which created safety issues with public use.

A new viewing and seating plaza area has been created underneath the Ghost Ballet art structure.

Sidewalks, stairs and a concrete plaza switchback will allow the public, east dock boaters, riverboat passengers direct and accessible access to the east bank, stadium, Bridge Building and the new parks on the east bank.

East Docks The existing east bank docks below the Bridge Building and Cumberland Park have been rehabbed, a new gangway has been added and a handicapped accessible kayak cradle was attached to the new extending floating dock. Electrical power and water pedestals were added for boaters and public use.

Riverfront Landing upper park

Riverfront Landing east docks area with handicapped accessible kayak cradle

Riverfront Landing  lower park