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Mayor Joins Metro Parks, Nashville Public Library to Open Southeast Branch Library, Park and Community Center

10/21/2014

Mayor Joins Metro Parks, Nashville Public Library to Open Southeast Branch Library, Park and Community Center

Southeast Library to be Adopted by Ingram Content Group as Part of New Adopt-A-Library Program

Fact Sheet: From the Four Corners
Fact Sheet: Southeast Branch Library, Park and Community Center

 

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. 

 

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From the Four Corners Fact Sheet