Public Invited to Provide Input on Fairgrounds’ Future at Dec. 8 Open House

Members of the public are invited to an open house at The Fairgrounds Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. to offer input on a five-year strategic plan called Forward 5. Community members are being invited to offer their thoughts on future opportunities at the Fairgrounds, as well as other aspects of the Fairgrounds.

The strategic planning process is taking place during a pivotal time at the property, which received $12 million in Mayor Megan Barry’s Capital Spending Plan which was approved by the Metro Council earlier this year. Additionally, a Request for Information will be issued shortly seeking ideas for new events and festivals for the Fairgrounds that would be of significant interest and benefit to Nashville.

“The Fairgrounds Nashville is a very special place with a rich history and new momentum,” said Laura Schloesser, executive director of The Fairgrounds Nashville. “Both the infusion of capital funds and request for information for new events are timely as we embark on a strategic plan. We are excited by the possibilities that will emerge from this plan in providing a roadmap toward a sustainable future.

Public input is a key component of the planning process, and we welcome participation through this open house.” Open House During the open house, a strategic planning team led by Schloesser will be on hand to discuss the draft plan, including an updated mission statement, agency values, present strengths and weaknesses, future opportunities and challenges, and strategies to address strategic issues over the next five years.

The public will be asked to provide input on the draft plan components in preparation for the final document to be presented to the Fair Board Commissioners for adoption in early 2017.

Public Invited to Provide Input on Fairgrounds Future at Dec. 8 Open House The open house is free and open to the public. It will take place in Wilson Hall, and parking will be free. For those unable to attend the open house, the presentation and a survey will be available on the Fairgrounds website, www.thefairgrounds.com or by calling 615-862-8980.

The Metropolitan Board of Fair Commissioners is seeking ideas from various interested parties for new events and festivals that could be considered for The Fairgrounds Nashville. The RFI is expected to be issued by the Metro Nashville Finance’s Procurement Division in the coming weeks. All ideas submitted will be given serious consideration in keeping with the Board of Fair Commissioner’s focus on events:

  • That showcase the diversity, cultures, and ethnicities represented in the Metro Nashville community;
  • That provide family-friendly entertainment value; and/or
  • That provide educational and learning opportunities and consumer information.

Capital Improvements Design work is well underway as part of The Fairgrounds Nashville Evaluation & Site Improvement Study, funded as part of $12 million allocated to The Fairgrounds Nashville in Metro’s FY 17 capital spending plan. Based on preliminary designs, the funds will support renovation of several buildings, landscape improvements and HVAC, roofing, and other building upgrades. Construction work is expected to get underway in early 2017. An additional $3 million will support construction of community recreational space, including multi-purpose fields, on the property.