Centennial Park Master Plan

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Extensive efforts are underway to restore Centennial Park's prominence as a place that champions arts and culture, music, history, education, environment and health and wellness. Mayor Dean charged Metro Parks and The Conservancy to revitalize the park and return it to Nashville's exemplary urban greenspace. As a result, an unprecedented Master Plan has been developed that preserves the park's unique elements while making it a leader in landscape stewardship and innovation.

We are beginning the first of 6 phases of the Plan. The core focus of Phase One is water as an anchor and an organizing element of Centennial Park. Phase One will explore the ecological restoration and celebration of Cockrill Springs, innovative stormwater management strategies to improve the water quality in Lake Watauga, and green infrastructure improvements.

The internationally recognized firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz, will lead the project that honors Centennial Park's legacy and encourages design innovation to engender stewardship. NBW has been recognized with over 80 national and regional awards and has forged a body of work that includes The Peggy Guggenheim Sculpture Garden in Venice Italy, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, and Google Corporate Headquarters in northern California. Their offices are in Charlottesville, Virginia and New York.

View the Press Release.

On August 8, 2014 a press conference was held for the celebratory daylighting of Cockrill Spring to officially mark the beginning of this major restoration initiative. View the press release here.