Park committee begins planning process

Xavier Smith • Updated Feb 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The West Side Park Task Force took a field trip this weekend to help gain insight on the potential aspects of the future Lebanon city park.

The group visited five Middle Tennessee parks to get some ideas about the future park to be located in the Hamilton Springs development.

“We’re so fortunate to have some of the most incredible parks I’ve ever seen here in Middle Tennessee. We have hiking trails, bike trails, things for kids and so much more,” task force member MJ Lucas said.

Lucas said the task force assessed parks in Downtown Nashville and Antioch, along Percy Priest Lake and more. Lucas said she was excited about her opportunity to be on the task force, as well as the entire group.

“I’m very excited. As soon as I heard about the committee I knew that it was something I was interested in because I live on that side of town,” said Lucas, who said she believed the park would be a great benefit to residents on the west side of town, as well as all city residents.

“It’s a great cross-section of people in the community. We’re all bringing different strengths because you have folks from all walks of life. It’s a great group,” she said.

Ash appointed three task force members and each councilor received one appointment for the task force that will develop a master plan, recommend a timeline, report recommendations to the council and oversee all phases of the park’s construction.

Ash appointees were Paul Gould, Barbara Payne and Traci Peel. Council appointees include: T.O. Cragwall (Carmack); Adam Pastors (Fred Burton); Amber Hurdle (Rob Cesternino); Lucas (Chris Crowell); Ken Davis (Tick Bryan); and JeniLind Brinkman (Rick Bell).

The council approved a $5 million loan agreement for the park last year after Council Rick Bell and his family donated 15 acres for the park.

Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer said the resolutions authorize a 25-year, fixed rate loan and the estimated debt service annually would be approximately $250,000. Springer said the interest rate would be 2.29 percent and subject to change every five years.

The park’s earliest concept plan, which was designed prior to the task force’s creation, called for an amphitheater, park shelters, gladiator seating, restrooms, picnic pavilions, playgrounds, great lawn, changing rooms and food truck lane, among other items. 

Lucas said the group would hold an open house March 30 for the plans.

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