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Mayor David Briley, Metro Officials Reopen West Park After Major Improvements

Judith Byrd 615-862-6461; cell phone: 615-761-6694

Mayor David Briley, Council Member Mary Carolyn Roberts and officials from Metro Parks and Metro Water Services (MWS) will celebrate the completion of major improvements and formally reopen West Park for neighborhood residents at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, August 18 at 2 p.m.

Enhancements to West Park, which began in 2015 as a collaborative project between Metro Parks and MWS, include new recreation amenities as well as updated water system infrastructure to improve area environmental water quality.

"I want to thank the Parks and Water Services departments for turning West Park into a dynamic and more inviting park for the Nations community. I hope neighbors will embrace this beautiful green space and enjoy all the benefits of nature, open space and recreation that it offers," said Mayor Briley.

Parks improvements

The newly completed project delivers numerous new features and options for parks users, including a new softball field, which will be dedicated in memory of Luis Cisneros, a victim of child abuse who never got to experience playing ball in the park, at the event.

Additional improvements include a new outdoor basketball court, a 6,000-square-foot youth playground and a picnic pavilion with restrooms. There is also a new 12-foot-wide perimeter greenway trail for walking, running and biking, which will have future connectivity to the local greenway system.

"Expanding the diversity of recreation features and increasing the day and night use options will attract more park users," said Metro Parks Director Monique Odom. "Our goal for these enhancements is to provide an improved quality of life for existing and future residents while providing park facilities that foster a fun, active and more livable neighborhood."

Environmental improvements

Construction of a new, circular-shaped, 260-foot diameter, 21-million-gallon wet weather storage tank increases the capacity of wastewater storage during wet weather events. The new storage tank will be used when sewer flows exceed the capacity of the existing West Park Pump Station. The tank stores excess water until the flows in the sewer system recede and the stored volume can be conveyed through the pump station to treatment. The expanded storage capacity will reduce sanitary sewer overflows into Richland Creek.

"Updating our wastewater infrastructure system is a smart investment in Nashville's future," said MWS Director Scott Potter. "The ongoing improvements that we make, like these at West Park, will improve water quality in the Cumberland River and Davidson County's extensive network of neighborhood creeks, streams and tributaries."

A mural by nationally known artist Eric Henn is a feature on the tank to minimize visual impact and add public art to the neighborhood. The mural is a deep blue sky atop the tank's dome that meets light clouds on the sides and a stand of trees on the lower tank that will provide a leafy canopy to the park throughout the year.

As part of the project, new trees were planted throughout the park to improve environmental conditions, provide shade for parks users, and improve the viewshed.

The MWS improvements are a project of the Clean Water Nashville Overflow Abatement Program, a multi-year, $1.5 billion initiative to renew and expand capacity of Metro's wastewater system infrastructure to meet requirements of the Clean Water Act and improve water quality. More information is available on the Clean Water Nashville website.