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Published on June 11, 2024
Nashville's Urban Landscape to Flourish with New Nashville Yards Addition Featuring Pickleball and Green SpaceSource: TheVillagesFL, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

New details and renderings have been released for the upcoming addition to Nashville’s skyline, Nashville Yards, offering a look at a new slice of urban life in Music City. The project, which spans 19 acres, is set to introduce a variety of amenities, including a 1.31-acre pedestrian park. Among the features are dedicated areas for pickleball enthusiasts, spaces for our furry friends, and unique spots dedicated to urban farming pop-ups, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal.

According to WKRN, a standout feature will be the Ascension Saint Thomas Landing, replete with elevated grassy sitting areas and an amphitheater. Below the Broadway Viaduct, six pickleball courts known as Pickle n’ Play Union Courts will be installed. The project is presently awaiting approval from Metro and is anticipated to be brought before the city for approval in the ensuing weeks.

The Nashville-based architect Gresham Smith is leading the charge on Ascension Saint Thomas Landing's architectural work. This stretch of the development is poised to breathe new life into the space around the Union Station Hotel and behind the grandeur of the Grand Hyale to Church Street. The space will also accommodate a dog walk, restrooms, a food and beverage structure, and a projection screen, potentially for outdoor movie showings, as noted by the Nashville Post.

The latest development comes as part of a joint venture between Southwest Value Partners (SWVP) and AEG and includes a naming sponsorship from Ascension Saint Thomas. Alongside offering an array of outdoor accommodations, Ascension Saint Thomas will also provide a healthcare clinic within Nashville Yards. "We are thrilled to partner with Ascension Saint Thomas, with whom we so completely share a commitment to health and community," Cary Mack, managing partner of SWVP, expressed in a statement obtained by the Nashville Post. The Landing is set to serve as a "front door" of sorts to the greater Nashville Yards area.

Construction, contingent upon Metro approvals, is projected to commence this summer and reach completion by spring 2025. The actual cost of the project remains undisclosed. SWVP is concurrently preparing for the opening of other key components within Nashville Yards, including the Pinnacle office tower and two apartment towers—The Everett and The Emory—also targeted for an early 2025 opening.