Mayor Joins Metro Parks, Nashville Public Library to Open Southeast Branch Library, Park and Community Center
October 21, 2014
Southeast Library to be Adopted by Ingram Content Group as Part of New Adopt-A-Library Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Parks and Recreation and Nashville Public Library, today hosted the grand opening of the Southeast branch library, park and community center, which with the Ford Ice Center next door makes up the new Commons at the Crossings multi-use complex.
"This investment by Metro is bringing new energy and new economic activity to a part of our city that has long needed it -- and more and better city services to residents in this area who deserve it," Mayor Dean said. "Transforming this old mall into a modern hub of learning and recreation is an effort that has involved many different partners, and it took all of us, working together, to make it happen."
Joined by an atrium featuring a piece of public art, the branch library and community center are now open to the public. The community center is the largest of all of Metro Parks' regional centers and features a community room, NBA-sized basketball court and a second-level outdoor terrace. The branch library is double the size of the former Southeast branch and includes children and teen programming, a community room, digital wall art and an interactive book catalog that projects onto the library floor.
"We are excited to bring high-quality programs and collections to this new branch library that features advanced technologies," Library Director Kent Oliver said. "We are proud of our partnerships with local community groups in this area, and we are committed to serving this growing, increasingly diverse part of Nashville. I encourage everyone to visit this beautiful branch library, soon and often."
During today's program, Mayor Dean announced that the Nashville Public Library Foundation's new Adopt-A-Library program has launched with its first corporate sponsor. Ingram Content Group has signed on to sponsor the Southeast branch.
The $50,000 yearlong sponsorship will enhance children and teen programming, as well as the collections to benefit the entire Southeast community. The Southeast branch is located close to Ingram's global headquarters in La Vergne.
"Ingram Content Group is delighted to adopt the new Southeast branch of the Nashville Public Library," said John Ingram, chairman and CEO of Ingram Content Group. "Through this partnership, we are investing in the neighborhood that surrounds our company and in the families that depend on the library's educational programs. I hope all area businesses will recognize the important role that libraries play in the lives of our citizens and employees, and I invite them to join me in ensuring their future."
Dan Sheehan, vice president and general manager of Ingram Content Group library services, attended today's program and assisted Mayor Dean in unveiling a plaque honoring the sponsorship.
As to the community center, the 55,000-square-foot facility is the fourth community center to open during Mayor Dean's administration. Others include McCabe Park in 2011, Paradise Ridge in 2013 and Sevier Park this past June. Additionally, Mayor Dean opened a new Fitness and Tennis Center at Centennial Sportsplex this past May.
"We are proud to bring to this community our largest, most modern regional community center to date," said Tommy Lynch, director of Metro Parks and Recreation. "It's particularly gratifying considering the diversity of the community and the lack of recreational services that have been provided to this point. We made this center the biggest because we think it's going to be the most popular. We know you will love the outdoor terrace, the NBA-regulation sized basketball court and the many other amenities and programs that will be offered here."
The shared atrium between the library and community center features a piece of public art called From the Four Corners by artist Paul Vexler, who was selected by a panel of community members, artists and leaders in business from the Antioch area.
Lose & Associates was the project architect, with HBM Architects providing library design consultation services. American Constructors was the construction manager and general contractor.
Photos credit: Metro Photographic Services
Southeast Branch Library, Park and Community Center at the Commons at the Crossings
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean, joined by Metro Parks and Recreation and Nashville Public Library, today hosted the grand opening of the Southeast branch library, park and community center, which with the Ford Ice Center next door makes up the new Commons at the Crossings multi-use complex. All facilities are open to the public today.
Southeast Branch Library
- The new Southeast branch library is 25,000 square feet and can better accommodate patrons in this fast-growing, diverse part of Nashville. It will offer bilingual signage.
- The former branch library, which was located at 2325 Hickory Highlands Drive, was built in 1989. The 12,000-square-foot space had only one common room for a range of programs, including children's story time and EL Civics classes.
- The new branch features the following:
- Three program rooms, including for children's story time
- Two study rooms
- Studio NPL space for digital learning, invention and art
- NPL Anytime vending machine in atrium, where patrons can use their library cards to check out books, DVDs, music and play-aways, in true vending machine style
- The new branch will offer the following services:
- Public-use computers
- Free Wi-Fi
- Drive-up book drop
- An expanded collection that was increased by about 30 percent
- Popular programs
- EL Civics classes
- Financial Empowerment Center counseling
- Teen and children's programs
- Bilingual story times
- Affordable Care Act information and enrollment sessions
- New Americans Corner
- Advanced technology is a major feature in the new location:
- An interactive book catalog projected onto the floor of the library's lobby so that patrons can tap their feet on titles to learn more about these selections.
- A laptop and iPad self-checkout kiosk with 30 mobile devices to check out and use inside the branch library.
- A digital art wall inside the branch library features:
- Flat panels and light boxes
- Rotating NPL content in artistic style; for instance, during African-American History Month, digital art displays will feature relevant books
- The library will be a community gathering space, featuring a 2,037-square-foot community room and a café space.
- The new community center is 55,000 square feet, including a 5,000-square-foot outdoor terrace on the second level that features a garden and catering kitchen. The terrace is available for special events and programs.
- The gym features an NBA-regulation sized basketball court.
- Other fitness areas include a fitness center and movement studio. A variety of fitness classes from low-impact exercises like stretching and strength exercises to Zumba and yoga. Most fitness classes are $3.
- A flexible multipurpose space, which totals 1,425 square feet, is available for meetings, events and classes divisible into three separate rooms. It has an attached kitchen.
- A game room features pool tables and ping pong.
- A second-level indoor walking track is 1/16 of a mile long, with 16 laps equaling a mile.
A boot camp loft is part of the track space.
- Programs offered at the community center include the following:
- After-school for ages 6 to 14. Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) programming is available to middle school students.
- Youth basketball through a partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies to provide a Jr Grizzlies league for 4 to 6 year olds and 13 to 15 year olds.
- Girl Scouts
- Senior activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The park is 4.5 acres of green space that used to be a parking lot.
- A quarter-mile fitness trail loops the perimeter of the park.
- Playground equipment includes a custom playground structure, slides and swings. The outdoor fitness equipment includes a pull-up bar, sit-up station, balance beam and other fitness equipment.
- The park's green space can be used for various permitted events, such as birthday parties, school field days or health fairs. A picnic shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Some 200 trees were planted to provide shade.
Fact Sheet - From the Four Corners public art