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Mayor Megan Barry and Nashville Civic Design Center to Host “Press Play” Event at the KABOOM! Play Everywhere Project on Jefferson Street


Event will kick off the design process for the Jefferson Street Pocket Park

This week, Mayor Megan Barry’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement and the Nashville Civic Design Center (NCDC) have relocated Nashville’s Play Everywhere Challenge project, The Nashville Soundbox, to 1606 Jefferson Street. This location is also the future site of a pocket park on Jefferson Street, proposed in Mayor Barry’s capital spending plan for FY18.

“The Nashville Civic Design Center was excited to work on The Nashville Soundbox and we look forward to working with the community on the design of the Jefferson Street pocket park,” said Gary Gaston, Executive Director of the Nashville Civic Design Center.

To celebrate phase 2 of The Nashville Soundbox project on Jefferson Street, Mayor Barry and NCDC will host a “Press Play” event at the project site on this Thursday afternoon. Details of that event are below:

WHO: Mayor Megan Barry, Members of the Community
WHAT: Press Play at The Nashville Soundbox
WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: 1606 Jefferson Street

At the event, the Nashville Civic Design Center will kick-off engagement of community members in the design process for the proposed pocket park and will continue that community engagement throughout the summer.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to reactivate Jefferson Street, a corridor that has so much historic and cultural significance to our city,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “Investing in this pocket park will encourage more pedestrian friendly activity for kids and families in the area.”

The Nashville Soundbox takes a 20 ft. shipping container and outfits the outside with whisper dish, large chimes, talking tubes and a cyclophone. The purpose of KaBOOM!’s Play Everywhere Challenge is to support outside-the-box ideas to make play easy, available, and fun for kids and families in cities across the U.S. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all children, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.

  • Phase 2 for The Nashville Soundbox began Monday, May 15, 2017
  • The Nashville Soundbox will be located at 1606 Jefferson St. from May 15, 2017-June 15, 2017
  • Learn more about the Play Everywhere Challenge, including a gallery of ideas for what Play Everywhere could look like across the U.S.