9 Lea Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210
The June Urban Design Forum will look the future "Wharf Park" site on the west side of the Cumberland River. The park, still in the phase, is located just south of Rolling Mill Hill, and stretches towards the I-24 and I-40 intersection. This is part of a series of events looking at the future park. Other Meet Wharf Park events include a cleanup day, a walk/talk on history and nature, and a paddle tour to see the park from the water.
You will learn about this incredible sight and the unique opportunities it presents to implement key components of Plan to Play including a rowing center. Speakers will explore the many efforts to-date that will inform the future of the site, and share details about the upcoming master planning process.
We encourage you to walk, bike or take public transit to the event! Check out the Transit App to find out how to get there. Parking is available in the parking lot beside the bistro (on the south side of the Rolling Mill Hill site).
Gary Gaston, CEO, NCDC
Gary Gaston is a native of rural West Tennessee, making his way to Nashville after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design, and spending time abroad living in London. He recently completed a Masters of Education in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University.
Gary joined NCDC in 2002, and has led numerous planning and design efforts for the organization. He was a contributor to The Plan of Nashville: Avenues to a Great City, published by Vanderbilt University Press in 2005, and co-authored Moving Tennessee Forward: Models for Connecting Communities, published in 2012. Gary served as the project director and executive producer of the National Endowment for the Arts funded documentary film Design Your Neighborhood, and is co-author of Shaping the Healthy Community: The Nashville Plan, released by Vanderbilt University Press in April 2016.
Tim Netsch, Assistant Director for Planning & Facilities Development, Metro Parks Department
Tim Netsch is an Assistant Director at Metro Parks and leads the Planning Division. Tim came to Nashville in 1993 to work for the Metropolitan Historical Commission. In 1996, he became the first Assistant Director of the Greenways Commission of Metro Parks. Work there on active transportation planning lead to his appointment in 2000 as the city’s first Pedestrian & Bicycle Coordinator. After a foray into private sector consulting, Tim returned to Metro Parks and has since managed scores of development, conservation, restoration and planning projects throughout Nashville’s park system. Tim is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Oregon.
Lizabeth Theiss, Vice President of Business Development, Crain Construction
Lizabeth Theiss is vice president of business development and a member of the executive board for Crain Construction, an 85-year-old Nashville, Tenn.-based construction company. Passionate about the outdoors, Theiss starts most mornings training for regional and national rowing competitions. Lizabeth has been rowing for a little over 10 years and has been awarded bronze at nationals both in 2014 & 2015. She is former Vice President of Nashville Rowing and has led the group’s efforts to establish a new boathouse on the banks of the Cumberland River. Whether it is rowing or closing a construction deal, Theiss is a fierce competitor and loves a good challenge.
9 Lea Avenue
Nashville, TN 37210