Fact Sheet: Southeast Branch Library, Park and Community Center at the Commons at the Crossings
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:
o Three program rooms, including for children’s story time
o Two study rooms
o Studio NPL space for digital learning, invention and art
o 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:
o Public-use computers
o Free Wi-Fi
o Drive-up book drop
o An expanded collection that was increased by about 30 percent
o 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:
o 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.
o 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:
o Flat panels and light boxes
o 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:
o After-school for ages 6 to 14. Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) programming is available to middle school students.
o 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.
o Girl Scouts
o 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.