TDOT Announces Completion Of New Community Park In Nashville

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer joined Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and residents on Thursday to celebrate the completion of a new community park which sits at the corner of Gale and Lealand Lanes. TDOT partnered with Mayor Dean and Metro Parks to convert the property into the new park.    

The park is located on right-of-way property purchased by the State of Tennessee in preparation for the construction of I-440. It was never used when plans to build an interchange near Granny White Pike were abandoned. For several years, the area was used as a community garden and composting operation. TDOT was forced to close the garden two years ago when it became cluttered with trash. During the original cleanup process, 24 dump truck loads of debris and two loads of metal were hauled away. 

At Thursday’s ribbon cutting ceremony, TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said, “This is a remarkable improvement from what this land looked like two years ago. I thank Mayor Dean for partnering with TDOT to create this beautiful park that residents will be able to enjoy for decades to come.”

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who also spoke at Thursday’s ribbon cutting, said “TDOT has done a wonderful job transforming an under-utilized space into a recreational area for this vibrant neighborhood.  Making sure our residents have green spaces to be active and enjoy the outdoors is important, and this new park will go hand in hand with a new community center under construction in nearby Sevier Park.  This project is an example of the great partnership between Metro and TDOT, and I want to thank TDOT and Metro Parks for their collaboration to create this beautiful community park."

Metro Park crews helped plant trees and donated park benches.  Through a 15-year agreement, Metro Parks will maintain this park in the future. 

Katy Kattelman, a community resident who owns a nearby business said, “I have lived here for 18 years and have seen many changes and this is absolutely the best.”

TDOT construction designed the 5.2-acre park and TDOT maintenance crews spent two months excavating, paving, rerouting drainage, installing culvert, surveying, trimming and planting trees and marking pavement.  Because the park sits near the historic Battle of Nashville site, a state archeologist was on hand during all construction to make sure any historic artifacts found were protected.

The park includes 2,800 feet of walking trails, three benches, a handicap parking area and trash receptacles.  The walking path also includes rest areas for wheelchair users.

The cost of materials for the park is $77,393. The construction of the park included 1,500 tons of rock, 525 tons of asphalt, 1,000 pounds of seed, 575 bales of straw and 10 tons of mulch.

Photos can be found at the link below to show what the area looked like in March 2011 and now. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tndot/sets/72157633568749694/



Squirrel Season Set To Open; Tennessee's 2017 Free Hunting Day Is Aug. 26

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 26, which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season. Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity ... (click for more)

Fishing Proposals, Elk Hunt Winners To Be Announced At August TFWC Meeting

A preview of the commercial fishing and sport fish proclamations will be presented at the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. The meeting will be held Aug. 29-30 (Tuesday-Wednesday) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building. Committee meetings begin at 1 p.m., Tuesday while the regular meeting starts at 9 a.m., Wednesday. ... (click for more)

Sweeping New Off Ramp, Frontage Road Off I-24 Eastbound Near U.S. Pipe Planned; $37 Million TDOT Project Will Have Signalized Connections To Broad, Market

A sweeping new off ramp for traffic coming into Chattanooga around Moccasin Bend on I-24 is planned, along with a new frontage road by the freeway that will have signalized connections to Broad, Williams and Market streets.   The $37 million project will replace a confusing set of freeway off and on loops along this section, including one near Howard School. ... (click for more)

Witnesses Say 69-Year-Old Jogger And Alleged Rapist Were Both Bruised Up After 2014 Encounter

Witnesses said a 69-year-old jogger and his alleged teen attacker were both bruised up during their 2014 encounter in North Chattanooga. Diontae Smartt, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, is standing trial for aggravated rape in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole. He is free on bond. The male jogger took the witness stand at the start of the trial, saying he was attacked ... (click for more)

Is This Really About Slavery?

The greatest thing that came out of the American Civil War came after the cessation of hostilities. After four years of deadly, devastating, agonizing war and over 600,000 Americans had died, the armies came to a halt. The killing ended, but the suffering continued for many of the wounded and those whose homes and fortunes had gone up in smoke and been left as rubble. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ordinary To Extraordinary

A handsome black guy, from the looks of it still in high school, appeared in a video during the A Celebration of Valor luncheon at the Chattanooga Convention Center Tuesday afternoon and described a Medal of Honor winner. Easily over 500 were there, including our famed Charles Coolidge, and all heard this young achiever say, “A Medal recipient is an ordinary person who performs ... (click for more)