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Phase I of Smith Park underway, slated to open spring 2014


Phase I of Smith Park underway, slated to open spring 2014

By RICHEL ALBRIGHT

The sprawling 320 acres of the Ravenswood Farm and Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, which is slated to open April 2014, are still in the early stages of Phase I development.

The sprawling 320 acres of the Ravenswood Farm and Marcella Vivrette Smith Park, which is slated to open April 2014, are still in the early stages of Phase I development.

“Construction of Phase I improvements at Smith Park is essentially split into two contracts,” said Kirk Bednar, Brentwood City Manager. “PBG builders is renovating the historic house, the modern pool house, and the modern carport.”

The house is projected to hold 100 to 150 guests during events, but in order to accommodate more they will have space to add on two tents, according to Linda Lynch with City Staff and Historic Commission. She added that the upstairs of the home would not be open to the public.

“In instances of weddings, the bride can go up the back steps and we will have one or both of the top connecting rooms open for them to get ready,” Lynch told BHP. 

Ravenswood Farm house, which is contracted at $925,000, is expected to be complete on Nov. 1 but will not be open for public use until the park officially opens, Bednar said.

The second contract is with Civil Constructors, who are responsible for the infrastructure improvements, according to Bednar.

“This includes the entrance road, bridge over the CSX railroad, a portion of the internal loop road, initial parking lots, extension of water and sewer services, and grading of the future road over the hill to the back of the park,” he said.  

However, the road over the hill will only be constructed if the city acquires the back 80 acres of land, which is under option until the end of 2013. The land, which could be used for sports and recreation fields, would cost the city $3 million.

Non-profit group Citizens for Brentwood Green Space has committed to raising 10 percent of the $3 million needed to acquire the additional land through outside sources and donations at brentwoodgreenspace.org.

Brentwood’s Parks and Recreation staff are in charge of working the three designated trails that will be open by the Spring 2014 opening. Bednar said there is a possibility of more trails by then as well.

The entire park is projected to be complete in 2017, with projected costs for Phase I at $7.1 million, according to Bednar.  

Richel Albright is a reporter with Brentwood Home Page. She can be contacted at richel@brentwoodhomepage.com or you can follow her on Twitter @rwalbright. 

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