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Upon acquiring additional property along the Harpeth River, which defines the northern edge of downtown Franklin, the Parks Department commissioned a design charrette to develop a new concept plan for a 30-acre urban park commemorating the City’s Bicentennial.  After providing an in-depth site assessment, Studio 8 Design built upon the approved charrette concept and developed the design for an urban park that will allow flood waters from the river to enter the site.  The park design includes a continuous riverwalk, an interpretive trail following the old Interurban Railroad path, an interactive fountain in a public plaza, public toilet facilities, bench swings along the river, multiple river overlooks, a new monument on Third Avenue, streetscape improvements, a botanical stroll garden, and opportunities for public art in various locations.  A portion of the old boot factory building will be salvaged as a multi-function pavilion with a stage for park performances.  The historic City and Resthaven Cemeteries will be preserved and protected as part of the overall project.  Phase I including the Gateway Bridge, Third Avenue Extension, Point Park, 4th Avenue (Indigo St.) Overlook, and riverwalk trail are complete.  Construction of future phases will be implemented in multiple phases as funding becomes available.

Project Team:
Landscape Architect:  Ross/Fowler
Civil Engineer:  Barge Cauthen Associates
M.E.P. Engineer:  I.C. Thomasson
Structural Engineer: EMC Structural Engineers
Hydrology Consultant:  Neel-Schaffer
Lighting Designer:  Susan Brady Lighting Design
Archeological Assessment:  Zada L. Law
Photography:  Sheri O’Neal Photography