Taylor’s Spring park concepts discussed

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 4/28/15

Details are being discussed for Taylor’s Spring park with help from another Taylor.

Jessica Taylor, a master’s level architect and landscape major at the University of Tennessee, met with …

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Taylor’s Spring park concepts discussed

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Details are being discussed for Taylor’s Spring park with help from another Taylor.

Jessica Taylor, a master’s level architect and landscape major at the University of Tennessee, met with the Taylor’s Spring committee Monday to talk about the future of the site.

Taylor said she became interested in the site because of her work with the UT Smart Communities Initiative project developing concepts for a potential extension of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

The Knoxville group hopes to open the creek near the Old Woolen Mill. A presentation will be given to the city on May 4.

“We looking at different alternatives for routes and everything and when I found out the city’s plans for this. I thought, ‘This is a great opportunity to tie this site into the Greenway,” Taylor said. “I just thought there needed to be some coordination with what happens here and on the Greenway.”

Since the spring is significantly lower than the street, steps will lead down to the site. Taylor said a ramp would also need to be included to make it handicapped accessible.

“This is such a great, historically significant site, and I want to make sure that it is incorporated in a cohesive design,” Taylor said.

Committee member Allan Jones said he would like to see a replica of a spring house built on the site, with the spring flowing into a small pool.

A drainage pipe that had run through the area has been removed, and is set to be re-routed on the edge of the lot.

During the meeting at the site, committee members thought they saw an indention where the original spring house may have sat. Comments were made about how clear the water was.

“There are a lot of ways you can go. I think the main thing is to just get some concepts drawn first,” Taylor said.

She commented that she could be involved in this concept development, “and possibly some design elements.”

“I think there are some themes that I am using in terms of looking at underlying geology and exposing … kind of pulling back the infrastructure that has been built on top of it,” Taylor said of the Greenway expansion project.

She said these elements could be worked into a design for the Taylor’s Spring site, “keeping it relatively simple and pure, just like the stream is,” Taylor said.

She also said trees should be planted on the site.

Committee Chairman Richard Banks said members hope to have the park area completed within a year.

Options for parking around the park were also discussed.

The spring is named for Andrew Taylor. Taylor owned what is now downtown Cleveland. The location of the spring has been cited as the reason the town of Cleveland developed where it did.

Uncovering the spring was made possible through donation of a building owned by Jim Webb, and the city’s purchase of an adjoining building.

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