Nashville Metropolitan Boards of Parks + Recreation is undertaking a planning effort for a new park on a 25-acre riverfront site on the southern edge of downtown Nashville. Wharf Park is the next great pearl in a string of riverfront parks that have become the defining public spaces for Nashville’s thriving downtown and the region. The future Wharf Park is endowed with great views, significant topography and expansive acreage. Agency Landscape + Planning and Hodgson Douglas Landscape Architects (HDLA) have been tasked with creating a master plan vision for this extraordinary site that is embraced by the citizens of Nashville and leads seamlessly into implementation. We imagine a realized park that will be a model for the city and the nation.
The design process is highly collaborative and dynamic with early involvement by all City stakeholders and team members so that the project intentions are understood across all disciplines. Together, we aim to deliver a visionary and feasible master plan that seizes the extraordinary opportunity of this site to create a vibrant American park like none other. We also look to take advantage of Wharf Park’s strategic location at the intersection of the Cumberland River Greenway/Blueway system and future Greenway/Blueway trailhead connections to promote and enhance greater connectivity and access for Nashville citizens. At the same time, we aim to leverage the site’s location to deliver recreational amenities that are lacking to some of the adjacent, underserved neighborhoods.
Our team for the master plan and the future phases of implementation includes Moffatt & Nichol (marine engineers), Barge & Cauthen (civil engineers), BDY Environmental, Hastings Architecture, McKneely Brockman Public Relations, Zaragunda (programming), Connico (cost estimating), and Wilmot (sustainability). The master plan is ongoing now with a goal to wrap up by mid-2022.Project Images