Red Caboose Park construction silences summer concert series


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STAFF REPORTS

Continuing work on renovations at Bellevue Park and Red Caboose Playground has forced Metro Parks to cancel its annual Summer Concert Series there this year.

The series, traditionally held from 7-10 p.m. on Fridays, was slated to open this week and continue through June 28.

“Until this project is completed, the public will not be able to enter the park and Metro Parks cannot continue the long-standing Red Caboose Park Friday Night Concert Series this summer,” the department said in a press release.

Construction continues at the park, which includes upgrades to the Red Caboose Playground, parking and the stage itself. It is hoped that the work with be completed by the end of June.

A dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, July 6. The dedication program, which will include remarks by Nashville Mayor David Briley, begins at 11:45.

Plans call for the playground to be officially reopened, and for “commemorative” cabooses to be distributed to those in attendance. Food trucks will be on site, as they would be during the concert series. Live music is planned as well.

Upgrades to the park, playground, parking lot and stage, began in late 2018. Much of the cleanup, painting, and landscaping work is being done by community volunteers. More information about the July 6 dedication can be found here: https://1l.ink/NMB3DZ5

The concert series, which has run for more than a decade in Bellevue, will continue next year, according to Metro Parks.

“Nashville is a city known for music. Metro Parks Music is happy to reflect and encourage this prominent attribute by offering free summertime concerts,” the department website noted.

For those wanting to experience an outdoor music show, Metro Parks is hosting its Big Band Dance concerts at Centennial Park’s event shelter at 7 p.m. on Saturdays through August (except July 6).

This year marks the 36th anniversary of Big Band Dances in Metro Parks. Listen and dance to live big band music played by some of Nashville’s finest musicians. Bring a lawn chair and a blanket.

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