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Proposal would turn downtown boulevard into park honoring Nashville suffragist

Posted: 1:52 PM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 14:52:43-04
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A boulevard named after a historic trailblazer could be transformed into a new park honoring the woman, according to a new proposal.

Developing company Giarratana wants to transform Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard into a park that connects the Nashville Public Library and War Memorial Plaza with the state capitol. Under the plan, the area will still continue to function as a street.

Dudley was a prominent activist in the women's suffrage movement who lived in Nashville.

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"Downtown residents have made it abundantly clear that an active greenspace is desperately needed on Church Street," said Tony Giarratana. "I have been deeply invested in making this corridor a vibrant downtown neighborhood for more than 30 years, and being attentive to residents is critical to its success. Our plan for Anne Dallas Dudley Park is a direct response to them. I believe it is the right plan at the right time for the downtown Nashville neighborhood. I am extremely excited about it, and look forward to review by the public, stakeholders and elected officials."

Plans for the dog-friendly park feature 18,000 square feet of lawn space, a children's play structure, free public WiFi, a projection screen, a glass sculpture and a monument honoring the suffragist movement.

The project hopes Anne Dallas Dudley Park will also host community events throughout the year like festivals, concerts, movies, yoga, art classes and club activities.

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