International Community Gathers At Groundbreaking Of New Nashville Park

Posted at 5:02 PM, Jun 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 00:45:29-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Cloudy skies and pop-up rain showers weren’t able to dampen spirits at the groundbreaking for one of several new parks in Nashville.

Saturday morning, members of the international community came together next to Casa Azafran to celebrate the repurposing of an old car lot into a neighborhood park.

At the ceremony, attendees were invited to initiate the park's transition by painting a collaborative mural, and even Mayor Karl Dean got in on the artwork.

Organizations like Conexion Americas have been geared toward integrating international citizens into the local community, and they said they hope this park will help make Nashville a more unified city.

"We hope it will be a destination park for any Nashvillian because of how beautiful it would be,” said Renata Soto, Director of Conexion Americas. “Public spaces bring people together, and that's why this is important."

Construction on the new park has been planned to begin sometime in September, with the park scheduled to open in spring 2016.