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Local artists and architects got together Thursday to discuss the future of some green space in downtown Knoxville.

The city's Public Arts Committee hosted a design and public input meeting at the Emporium Center.

The committee paired local artists with architects to look at options for redeveloping the park area at the intersection of Summit Hill Drive and Gay Street.

The goal is to make the space more usable, instead of it simply serving as a pass-through.

"There's a lot of options for it. There's talk about still harkening back to the heritage of country music that it was originally intended for. And also how you make it a gateway and a connector from Market Square to the Old City and from Gay Street 100 block over to 300 block," said Leslie Fawaz of the East Tennessee Community Design Center.

The park concept plans will be put on display. Members of the public can vote for their favorites, and the top picks will be further developed.

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