Have you been wondering what was going on with all the construction in the park the past few months? It’s Phase I of the Shelby Park Master Plan. What does this include? Here’s the latest from Metro Parks:
The 5-acre sports and special events field will include electrical and lighting for day-to-day use and for festivals/concerts/etc. as well as a sloped, grassy seating area. There will be new sidewalks and plaza spaces which will include a new public art piece commissioned by the Metro Arts Commission. The outflow from Lake Sevier, which is currently piped directly to the Cumberland River, will be daylighted, creating a new rill and stream landscape feature as well as habitat enhancements. There will be new parking which utilizes pervious paving materials to absorb rainwater and return it to the water table. The entire site will be landscaped with aquatic plantings along the stream, shrubs and almost 100 new trees. A second adult baseball field will be completed between the events field and the existing Old Timers Field. This second field is “Phase 1.5″ and will be finished subsequent to the completion of the the events field and the fall centennial event.
Thanks to Tim Netsch, Assistant Director, Planning & Facilities Development Division, for providing this information.