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Centennial Park To Get $6M In Upgrades

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than $6-million in upgrades are coming to Nashville's historic Centennial Park.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Parks officials announced the improvements Thursday morning. 

One of the changes under development will be restoring Cockrill Spring. The natural spring has been concealed for years, but city leaders want to turn the spring into a garden at the corner of West End and 27th Avenue.

Other changes coming to the park include a cleanup project for the lake, and permanent outdoor venue for Musicians Corner.

The music venue will include amphitheater seating and a picnic lawn, officials said.

"This park is such a centerpiece for our city and (when) people come to Nashville one of the sites they want to see is the Parthenon. This is a park where Nashvillians want to come; this is a park that we use probably as much as any park," Mayor Dean said.

The city will provide $5 million toward the effort. The remaining $1 million came through the fundraising efforts of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

Centennial Park was the city's first public park, built in 1897.

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