07 Jan Town of Smyrna Awarded GRNC Local Government Awards
Congratulations to our partners and friends at the Town of Smyrna on being awarded two 2020 Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) Local Government Awards! The Local Government Awards recognize excellence demonstrated by county governments and municipalities for projects that serve as models for peers across the Middle Tennessee region. The Town was selected in the Economic Development category for their enhancements to the Smyrna Train Depot event facility, as well as the Recreation and Youth Engagement Category for the Town’s newly built baseball complex at Cedar Stone Park. Dempsey, Dilling, & Associates (DD&A, now a part of T&H’s Nashville region) was instrumental in the development of both projects.
Cedar Stone Community Park features a four-field baseball complex, comprised of 225-foot synthetic turf little league fields as well as a concession/restroom building, shade structure, pavilion shelter, and access to a nearby playground. The land was purchased by the Town of Smyrna and its construction was pursuant to the Town’s master plan. Cedar Stone is now the official home to Smyrna Youth Baseball and its 1,500 annual participants. Our Smyrna-based team managed the project team and provided site design and construction administration. The project’s success is due in large part to our associates at Sawyer Land Surveying, Jerry W. Reynolds Architect, GBE Engineering, Parsons Engineering, Gresham Schelton Engineering, and Greenspace Design.
The Smyrna Train Depot, a part of the Lowry Street Revitalization Plan transformed the 147-year-old Smyrna Train Depot into an event space, including a 20’ x 24’ stage canopy, elevated stage area, lighting and sound, and amphitheater-style seating. DD&A provided site and grading layout and construction observation. Architectural services were provided by Jerry W. Reynolds Architect. With the support of Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, SiMA, and Carpe Arista, the train depot will serve as a source of economic development and a gathering space for community events in Smyrna for years to come.