Designed by Gavin McMillan, Nashville's 6.5 acre adventure play park, located on the Cumberland River is the flagship project for the city's New Riverfront Revitalization Plan. Cumberland Park is geared toward families and children providing interactive play spaces and landscapes to encourage activity. The design concept was inspired by Tennessee's geological diversity creating opportunities to interact with water, light, stone, rolling grass, trees, ridges, and valleys. The parks integration of child play areas relies more on the use of creative imaginations than on conventional playground equipment.
Features of the park include a local stone climbing wall, sand play areas, mazes made of plants, outdoor seating, meandering paths, and other interactive play areas. Other park anchors include a sizeable 1,200 person outdoor amphitheater, and a historic renovation of the Bridge Building, which holds public restrooms, a MetroParks office, food concessions, bike-share station and a soon to be announced restaurant.
The transformative project is part of a larger sustainable redevelopment project to transform the riverfront wasteland into beautiful recreational space for the downtown area. Many sustainable and eco-conscious design decisions were made, which included adaptive reuse, harvesting for irrigation, improved biodiversity, renewable geo-thermal energy use, efficient-lighting, floodplain preservation and storage, and brownfield remediation. Each year 1 million gallons of storm water is captured and reused for irrigation and over 1.6 acres of meadow and riparian grasses were restored.