As Nashville Sounds baseball fans eagerly await the famous words “Play Ball,” construction crews are putting the finishing touches, including a green roof feature, on the new First Tennessee Park. The state-of-the-art ballpark is slated to open for Mayor Karl Dean’s first pitch on April 17.

The First Tennessee Park is part of a mixed-use development in the Sulphur Dell area – once the home to the first professional baseball team in Nashville, the Elite Giants, and several minor league teams.

As part of the city’s newest venue, Mayor Karl Dean wanted to showcase the best of current sustainability infrastructure.  A new greenway will offer easy pedestrian access and enhance the ballpark’s park-like feel.

Landscape Architect Bram Barth, of Lose & Associates, designed the project. The planted roof will contain primarily drought tolerant and hardy Sedum, a type of low-growing succulents. Baker Roofing installed the 1500 square foot green roof, along with 220 square feet of natural-colored pavers to serve as a maintenance path.