January 16, 2019

Images, name released for Capitol View park

Additional images and a name have been released related to the future public greenspace for which work remains underway at Capitol View.

In addition, the space will be called Frankie Pierce Park, named for the late and influential African-American suffrage movement leader Juno Frankie Pierce.

Pierce Park will open in the spring as part of the 32-acre mixed-use urban district that anchors the intersection of Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Boulevard and 11th Avenue North.

The park is a result of a public–private partnership with Metro Nashville to finance a greenspace for the city and its residents.

The Capitol View site is being developed by Northwestern Mutual, Boyle Investment Co. and Northwood Ravin.

Frankie Pierce Park is jointly funded, and the Capitol View ownership/development team will handle landscaping maintenance once complete. The developer and Metro will also collaborate in the expansion of the greenway system, which will connect the Gulch to the biggest greenspace in the area.

The 2.5-acre park, located within 1,500 feet of the state Capitol and the planned future home of Amazon, will be open to the public and offer sand volleyball courts, a playground, a dog park and a yoga lawn. The park is also a trailhead for the Gulch Greenway, completing a link in the system and connecting Capitol View to a system of over 190 miles of biking and running trails throughout Davidson County.

Pierce served on committees for the Red Cross, YMCA and YWCA, founded the Nashville Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs and the Tennessee Vocational School for Colored Girls, and addressed the state suffrage convention at the state capitol in 1920. Many of her social services endeavors directly benefited the residents who lived in the Capitol View neighborhood during her lifetime, the release notes.

“The addition of an amenity-rich park at Capitol View is important for our residents, employees of commercial tenants and guests and also benefits the greater community in the immediate area,” Phil Fawcett, partner in Boyle’s Nashville office, said in the release. “The partnership with the Metro Parks and Recreation Department has been a critical component in bringing a much needed greenspace to this area of downtown, and we’re proud to honor Frankie Pierce, who was such an influential Nashville leader, in its naming.”

Originally published in the Nashville Post