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Cumberland River

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Complaints of longer wait times and crowded rivers around the launches used by boaters and kayakers have created conflict among commercial outfitters and individuals.

But a law passed to unclog the ramps is already creating some concerns.

Cumberland River Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s city council is hoping to limit the damage of future flooding along the banks of the Cumberland River. If finalized this week, the city will strengthen a rule that prevents new homes from being constructed within 50 feet of the Cumberland.

Brian Latimer / WPLN (File photo)

The Tennessee Valley Authority has pumped $1 billion into changing how the Gallatin Fossil Plant stores coal byproducts. Exactly how TVA plants store coal ash has been under harsh scrutiny since the Kingston spill in 2008.

Cayce Landing Nashville
Metro Parks and Recreation

This story has been updated to clarify the timeline of the boat ramp project.

Nashville is ready to lease land to build its next boat ramp into the Cumberland River.

To be known as “Cayce Landing,” the miniature park will be built beneath Interstate 24, tucked into an industrial area. It will connect to the Shelby greenway in East Nashville and give the nearby Cayce public housing complex a path to the water.

Nashville riverfront
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Nashville will open its latest downtown riverfront park on Saturday. Known as “The Landing” at Cumberland Park it creates a grassy slope and a boat launch on the east bank of the river next to Nissan Stadium.

Mayor Karl Dean and Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch will open the new $5.1 million park, at 2 Victory Ave., at 8 a.m., to coincide with the annual Dragon Boat Races.  

Lynch said concrete beach will allow for canoe and kayak rentals.

“It really gives people a place to play, and green space, down in the concrete jungle downtown,” Lynch said.

Light Meander Nashville riverfront park
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s newest piece of large-scale public art is being erected this week alongside the Cumberland River — a waterway that inspired the sculpture.

There’s nothing that looks quite like it in downtown Nashville — a tall piece of steel, but one that doesn’t include a straight line like the towering buildings nearby. Instead, this artwork, titled “Light Meander,” curves back and forth — mimicking the bends in the Cumberland River — as it rises nearly 45 feet.