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Cumberland Park

Nashville, Tennessee

Located on the Cumberland River’s east bank under the Shelby Street Bridge, the 6.5 acre Cumberland Park creates a special place that gives Nashvillians many more reasons to enjoy downtown. The park is the flagship for the New Riverfront Revitalization Plan endorsed by the community in 2010 and features an undulating washboard with embedded play equipment, an interactive splash pad with jets and wading pool, a stone climbing wall featuring local Tennessee Crab Orchard sandstone, ropes and nets courses, and a 4-person wide embankment slide. Several areas of ‘free play’ are also provided, including a shaded picnic lawn, stepping stone paths dipping through drifts of mist, meandering paths weaving through butterfly meadows, and an outdoor amphitheater and stage with a spectacular backdrop of the Shelby Street Bridge and downtown Nashville. A restored gantry crane and catwalk projecting over the river provide for views of passing boats. A rain water harvesting cistern collects 1,000,000 gallons of stormwater annually that is reused for park irrigation. Inspired by the geology of Tennessee, the landscape provides all the fun needed with water, light, stone, rolling grass, trees, ridges and valleys. Children's imaginations provide the rest so the design does not rely on conventional playground equipment. It is a park that turns its site-specific qualities into a great place where families can spend a day, have fun and learn something of their riverfront history.