Sevier Park, located in the 12South and Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhoods, may soon see some changes coming its way. The park, bordered by Kirkwood Ave., Clayton Ave., Lealand Lane and Granny White Pike has plans to improve the existing park and add features that will make it a place for the community to congregate and exist together, more than it already does.
Earlier this month, conceptual plans were released showing sketches of a new Community Center among other improvements at the park. Three public meetings occurred this summer, giving residents the chance to voice their thoughts and opinions about the new Community Center and any changes to the park.
The Community Center would be a two-story building featuring ample public-use space including a fitness room, game room, gymnasium, dance room, stretching room and track. Outside the Community Center there is space for the future location of a pool, which will be connected to the gymnasium.
Aside from the addition of a beautiful, spacious new Community Center, the 20-acre park will be undergoing other renovations to update its existing historic and recreational features. Divided into five zones, the overhaul will work with Sevier Park’s existing space, offering enhancements and providing the park with more opportunity to serve the community it resides in.
The northeast zone (area near the corner of Kirkwood Ave. and Lealand Lane) will have designated on-street parking as well as multi-use trails with footbridges, enhanced active play fields and hillside boulder seating. The northwest zone (area near where Kirkwood Ave. and 12 S. Ave. meet) will feature the entrance driveway and parking as well as Sunnyside Mansion’s Grand Lawn. Here, existing structures will be updated and there will be a gathering space with a terrace.
The central zone will offer access improvements along its multi-use trails as well as a community garden, enhanced landscaping, furnishings and the Sunnyside Cafe Terrace. This zone will also have an area designated for safe skating, tennis courts and a basketball court.
The southwest zone (area near Clayton Ave. and Granny White Pike) will feature the playground, increased parking lot organization and enhanced seating while the southeast zone (area near Clayton Ave. and Lealand Lane) will the space in which the Community Center will sit with a redefined parking lot, enhancements to the multi-use trails in that zone as well as a green infrastructure to improve storm water management.
The new community center will be the sixth of eight regional community centers recommended in the Countywide Parks & Greenways Master Plan and will be funded by Mayor Dean and the Metropolitan Council.