Good morning, Nashville. We keep getting more and more intrigued by this whole idea of an “Adventure Play Park” being built on the east bank of the Cumberland. So far we’ve heard talk of water jets, rock climbing walls, wading pools and an amphitheater, but we’re having a little trouble visualizing such a thing. What we do know is that it will span about 7 1/2 acres, they still need to acquire almost 300 parking spaces from LP Field, and it’s supposed to be open by summer 2011. The park is supposedly part of a massive effort by the Dean administration to revitalize both sides of the riverfront.
- City with a big heart. After the vandalism at the Al-Farooq Islamic Center of Nashville yesterday, we’re happy to hear that “Tim,” an unemployed truck driver from East Nashville, stopped by yesterday with some paint and helped with the cleanup. The full text of the nasty note was also released and it was about what you might expect, waxing poetic about Moslems [sic] and Satan. The vandalism is being investigated by the FBI as a hate crime.
- Tent City meetings. The Metro Homelessness Commission met about Tent City again yesterday and didn’t get a whole lot further in their efforts to figure out a solution for the homeless encampment. So far, they’re still looking at either moving it or shutting it down.
- Bits & pieces. January was the 20th straight month that Tennessee’s sales tax revenue collections were below budget … Tennessee-based restaurant chain Cracker Barrel was ranked as the third-worst employer for gays by the Human Rights Campaign … Councilman Eric Crafton announced yesterday that he’ll be running for Juvenile Court clerk.
Photo by Brad Butcher.