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Hockey Rink Part Of Plan For Global Mall At The Crossings

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - A community hockey rink will be part of the city's new mixed-use complex at the Global Mall at the Crossings in southeast Nashville, Mayor Karl Dean and the Nashville Predators announced Monday.

The hockey center announcement came in conjunction with a groundbreaking ceremony for an expanded Southeast Davidson Public Library, regional community center and park space at the mall formerly known as Hickory Hollow.

The 86,000 square-foot hockey center will double as a practice facility for the Predators. The Predators organization will manage the rink, which will be available for community use and to help expand youth hockey programs.

The $32-million complex is expected to open in late summer of 2014. The community center and library will be housed in the former JCPenney building, which will be renovated. They will share a large common area that connects to the mall. A 3.7-acre park will be built outside its front doors in what is now a parking lot.

"I see this center becoming a hub of learning and recreation for residents in Southeast Davidson County, one of the fastest growing parts of our city," Mayor Dean said Monday. "Families will find it convenient for the ice rink, community center, park and library to be in one location. This new public facility will benefit nearby neighborhoods and the surrounding retail and commercial area by attracting more people to the vicinity and creating a more stable business environment."

The $14-million hockey center will be two stories, and will include two multi-purpose ice rinks, team rooms, meeting rooms and an observation mezzanine. There will be space for concessions, as well as an ice skate rental and repair center. A covered walkway will connect it to the library and community center.

The 46,000-square-foot community center will include an indoor gym, elevated walking track, dance studio, wellness equipment, flexible meeting spaces, locker rooms and a roof-top terrace.

The park will include a walking trail, playground and a pavilion. Some 250 trees will be planted throughout the sight. The park will include rain gardens, bike racks, benches and WiFi wireless access. There will also space to accommodate outdoor concerts.

As part of the event, the Nashville Predators also hosted an outdoor summer festival, with inflatables, street hockey demonstrations and appearances by Predators' dancers and the team's mascot.

The mall reopened under a new name last month without any anchor stores, and also includes a satellite campus for Nashville State Community College.

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