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Cockrill Spring to be unearthed at Centennial Park

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

One of Nashville's most popular and iconic landmarks is getting a makeover.

For the first time since the 1800s, the natural springs at Centennial Park are being unearthed.

Right now, Cockrill Spring may not look that impressive, but this time next year, it will be transformed into one of the key centerpieces welcoming tourists to the park.

In the 1800s, city leaders intentionally buried Cockrill Spring to prevent the spread of cholera and other communicable diseases.

"The glory of having it opened again is a beautiful spring, because it's pure, good water," said Hope Stringer with the Conservancy for Centennial Park. "It will not only beautify this part of the park, but ultimately irrigate the whole park."

The freshwater that now flows directly into the sewer will be used to beautify the park, irrigate and maintain the water quality of Watauga Lake.

Construction fences will be replaced with a permanent home for the ever popular Musician's Corner.

"Seeing the fences go up was the first point that made it, hey, this is really happening and it's going to be incredibly beautiful," said John Tumminello, executive director of the Musician's Corner.

An informal amphitheater will be built to accommodate the artists that make Nashville tick. It's a project most believe is long overdue.

"It's beginning to show its age, and this is the first planned renovation with thoughts directed toward the present to accommodate future needs," Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch said.

The $10 million renovation is being paid for through a public/private partnership with the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, which raised $1 million on its own.

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