NASHVILLE, Tenn. - On Wednesday morning, Mayor Karl Dean led a “topping out” ceremony at the new West Riverfront Park Amphitheater construction site.
A ceremonial final beam was placed atop the highest point of the newly erected steel structure, signifying the completion of the frame of the building and a mid-point in construction.
The amphitheater is the focal point of an 11-acre development that city leaders have named “West Riverfront Park.”
The property, located along the west bank of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville, is where the Thermal Transfer Plant used to stand.
Besides the amphitheater, the $35 million government-funded park, will include a dog park, greenway trails, ornamental gardens and a grassy event space called “The Green.”
The mayor's office said other amenities in the park will include adult-friendly swings, two basketball half-courts and public Wi-Fi.
The 49,000 square foot amphitheater will accommodate 6,500 people.
Construction of West Riverfront Park is slated to be completed in mid-Summer of 2015, and Senior Project and Development Manager Larry Atema told News 2 crews were on schedule to hit the projected deadline.