Nashville’s 12South and Belmont/Hillsboro neighborhoods are home to one of Nashville’s many public spaces, Sevier Park. Sevier Park is a great, large area with an abundance of trees, shading, and also home to the Metro Historical Commission and Historic Zoning Commission offices, located inside the historic Sunnyside mansion on the parks’ property.
Currently, area residents are in the process of forming an organization to help maintain this Nashville park. The organization is composed of 12South and Belmont/Hillsboro Neighborhood Association members and an invitation has been extended to residents of the Sunnyside, Battlemont and Waverly Place neighborhoods to join in.
The purpose of this organization is to be a friends group for Sevier Park, helping raise funds and maintain the park facilities. While currently in the initial stage of recruitment, the group has its sights set on the long-term plans of obtaining non-profit status and going before the Metro Parks board for approval of said status.
Friends of Sevier Park hope that they can support the 20,000 sq. feet community center that is mere months away from construction beginning. This new space will feature an indoor walking track, gymnasium, community room, fitness center, dance studio and game room. If all goes according to schedule, it will be completed in a year.
A friends group requires approval from the Metro Park board, operates under the board’s authority and must report fundraising, membership and projects for approval and annual review. The organizations are vital to the parks system, especially in recent years as city budgets have become leaner. Similar organizations have formed at Parmer in Belle Meade, Centennial, Edwin and Percy Warner, Shelby and Two Rivers parks, among others.
To read more about the new Sevier Park Community Center, see our previous blog post about it here.