Mayor Briley seeks to demo Greer Stadium and build Nashville's newest park
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
The land where Greer Stadium now stands is special to Acting Mayor David Briley, and he plans to keep it that way.
After years of back and forth to decide the future of the 40-year-old former Nashville Sounds stadium, the mayor announced on Tuesday that the land will be turned into a park.
“I remember coming here both as a child and with my child before the Sounds moved downtown," Briley said. "Now this is a place to inspire new memories."
Briley said its times for the city to move forward and create a new vision for the Greer Stadium property.
Previous plans called for a mix-use property that would cover nearly 215,000 acres on the south Nashville property. The controversial Cloud Hill project received a lot of push back, mostly from the Friends of Fort Negley group.
The community group was created to protect and oversee the historic grounds of the property that is adjacent to Greer Stadium. They fought developers of the Cloud Hill project and pleaded with city leaders to stop the project over worries it would compromise the historic grounds and possibly disturb slave burial sites there.
Briley admitted during Tuesday’s news conference that he too questioned that plan. The developers of Cloud Hill recently dropped out. Moving forward, Briley says he wants intentional recognition for slaves buried there.
“I am committed to the Parks Board and the staff at Metro Parks to make sure this is a moment, this is a place where we begin to acknowledge and to atone and seek reconciliation for what always has and will always be a scar on this great nation,” Briley said
Briley said former Mayor Megan Barry considered doing the demo but never made the call. Less than 24 hours after he was sworn in, Briley made the call to move forward with plans for the demolition and told his staff to get ready for the announcement of the park plan.
In April, Briley will ask Metro Council members to approve his request for $1 million to pay for the stadium demolition. Once approved, the city would then take bids from companies that would do the demo.
Work on developing the park will begin aftrewards. Right now, there is no timetable on when that is expected to begin.