City releases timeline for Suttree Landing Park

(WBIR-Knoxville) The city of Knoxville showed the public its latest plans for a new waterfront park on Wednesday night.

It is another step forward in revitalization the South Knoxville waterfront.

Suttree Landing Park and Waterfront Drive, a new street for access to the park, will be located near South Knoxville Elementary.

"Like most waterfront towns, they were once industrial. Most cities have found out that they've become riverfront cities and those cities have either become obsolete or they've moved on elsewhere. So this is a great opportunity to take advantage of that redevelopment and bring mixed-used development into the area," said Dawn Michelle Foster, deputy director of redevelopment for the city of Knoxville.

The city has broken the plan into phases with estimated construction start dates:

Phase 1A- Waterfront Drive Streetscapes Project to start April 2014
Phase 1B- Suttree Landing Parking Design to start July 2014
Phase 1C- Suttree Boathouse and Pavilion to start Nov. 2014

Phase 2 includes improvements to nearby roads; the city said it could be as late as Dec. 2015 before Phase 2 begins.

Boy Scout Eric Fitzpatrick was most excited about the boathouse and pavilion.

"I kind of like the fact that we can go canoeing and kayaking. And the fact that we're going to get rid of just all these empty lots that are everywhere. It just doesn't look that nice to me," Fitzpatrick said.

George Daniels has lived near the riverfront in South Knoxville for 55 years.

"I've seen a lot of things come and go," she said.

The meeting was open to the public.

Cannon and Cannon, Inc. is the engineering firm contracted by the city.


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