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Meeting seeks public input for park

Xavier Smith • Mar 23, 2017 at 3:53 PM

The public will gets its first chance to provide input on Lebanon’s new west side park Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Lebanon Town Meeting Hall.

The initial design for the new west side park at Hamilton Springs will be available for public comment and feedback during the open house meeting.

The council approved a $5 million loan agreement for the park last year after Councilor Rick Bell and his family donated 15 acres for the park in the Hamilton Springs development.

Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer said the resolutions authorize a 25-year, fixed-rate loan and the estimated debt service annually would be about $250,000. Springer said the interest rate would be 2.29 percent and subject to change every five years.

Lose & Associates will lead the design phase of the project. The group has extensive experience with parks and recreation facilities across the Southeast, including Beaman Park, Riverfront Park, Wave Country and First Tennessee Park in Nashville, Murfreesboro Greenways and more.

The firm has previously worked in Lebanon on the Hamilton Springs transit-oriented development and has assisted with preliminary layout and design of the new Empower Me facilities.

Features under consideration for the park include walking trails, a playground, amphitheater, picnic areas and more. The new park will also add to Lebanon’s greenway system. 

“It is my belief that parks and recreation are an extremely important quality of life aspect to our community. We have an opportunity to create a great new amenity for the current and future citizens of Lebanon. This is not about spending a set amount of money, but rather about establishing a new standard for our quality of life,” Bell said earlier this year.

Task force members include Paul Gould, Barbara Payne and Traci Peel, who were appointed by Mayor Bernie Ash. Council appointees include T.O. Cragwall by Councilor Joey Carmack; Adam Pastors by Councilor Fred Burton; Amber Hurdle by Councilor Rob Cesternino; M.J. Lucas by Councilor Chris Crowell; Ken Davis by Councilor Tick Bryan; and JeniLind Brinkman by Bell.

The master plan phase of the park is expected to be finalized by April. 

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