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Open house set for March 30

The initial design for the new West Side Park at Hamilton Springs will be available for public comment and feedback during an open house on Thursday, March 30, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Lebanon City Hall.

Citizens are invited to attend the open house, review the park's design and features and provide their feedback. Refreshments will be served.

"This is a park for all of Lebanon to enjoy, and we want to make sure we include those items and features that citizens want," said Jeni Lind Brinkman, chair of the West Side Park Oversight Task Force.

The initial design was unveiled and discussed during a meeting of the oversight task force on the evening of March 9. The task force has visited several Middle Tennessee parks to gather ideas and select potential features to include in the West Side Park. The oversight task force was created to coordinate the development of the park's master plan, recommend the project's timeline and report recommendations from the team and community to the mayor and city council.

Task force members, who were appointed by Mayor Bernie Ash or their respective councilor, are: Brinkman, T.O. Cragwall, Ken Davis, Paul Gould, Amber Hurdle, MJ Lucas, Barbara Payne, Adam Pastors and Traci Peel. Ex-officio members are: Jeff Baines, commissioner of public works; Rick Bell, Ward 6 councilor; Paul Corder, planning director; Sarah Haston, economic development director; and William Porter, parks and recreation director. Members of the community are encouraged to discuss their ideas for the park with any member of the task force.

The design phase of the project is being led by Nashville firm Lose & Associates, which 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.

The master plan for the new park is expected to be finalized by April.

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