NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –The opening of the new Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater in Music City is just over two weeks away.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean hosted a media tour of the nearly-completed venue on Tuesday afternoon.
Construction began on the project in March 2014 and will be completed for its grand opening set for July 30.
“A little more than 15-months ago, we started this project. We have worked through the winter, the spring, through the rains of June, and we are going to be ready on the thirtieth,” said Senior Project and Development Manager Larry Atema.
Mayor Dean called the new amphitheater and park one of the “best views in Nashville,” saying it “transforms the downtown riverfront.”
He also called the new Ascend Amphitheater a “world class facility.”
The amphitheater is part of the city’s greenway system and will connect to other greenways in the city. Around 17,000 trees and shrubs are being planted.
First Avenue has been rebuilt with new turn lanes to improve traffic flow. Most of the utilities have been placed underground.
The amphitheater provides seating for about 6,800 people and gives music lovers views of the city and nature.
Mayor Dean says building the venue also created jobs.
“I am very happy to announce that 45 percent of the construction work on this project has gone to small businesses and companies owned by women and minorities. That we believe is a Metro record for a capital project,” said Mayor Dean.
The project team plans to apply for a gold certification and recognition for all the steps they took to protect the environment and conserve energy during the amphitheater’s construction.
“It is that kind of dedication we need to make Nashville the greenest city in the southeast,” said Mayor Dean.
Park Director Tommy Lynch said it is going to be an area for everyone to enjoy.
“It is going to be a great park for the visitors of Nashville, but more importantly for all the residents that now live downtown that will now be able to enjoy this park on an everyday basis and there will also be a dog park,” he said.
If you would like to explore the new Ascend Amphitheater and Riverfront Park, there will be a free community day on August 2.
Country singer Eric Church will be the first act to perform at the amphitheater on July 30.
Chicago with Earth, Wind and Fire, Phish, Old Crow Medicine Show and Janet Jackson, among others are also set to perform at the amphitheater later this summer.