Elizabeth Park Traffic Calming

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Community Challenge AARP Grant

December 2017

For the first-ever AARP Community Challenge, AARP has invested nearly $780,000 to create change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities across the nation. AARP received almost 1,200 applications, resulting in a highly competitive selection process. As a "quick action" grant, the winners were announced on September 7 and given a completion deadline of November 1, 2017. 

Each project delivers on one or all of the following: 

  • Improve social connections through the built environment for people of all ages and abilities 
  • Expand work, volunteer, educational and/or training opportunities for all residents 
  • Drive inclusive community engagement and interaction across a diverse population 
"Great communities require careful planning and time. These quick action projects will give community leaders the motivation and momentum to create greater change." 

— Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer 

PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY CHALLENGE GRANT 

CITY PARTNERS: 

Metro Public Works, Metro Planning Department, Metro Parks Department 

ELIZABETH PARK PARTNERS: 

Buchanan Area Neighborhood Association, Historic Buena Vista Community Association, Neighborhoods Resource Center, Bonadies Urban Development, Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet School 

GREEN HILLS PARTNERS: 

Alliance for Green Hills, Hillsboro High school

NONPERMANENT INSTALLATION 

This project is in place for 1 month. It will be frequently monitored by members of the Nashville Civic Design Center and community members. Data will be collected and reported back to Nashville Metro Public Works to inform a longer term decision. 

Funding for this projects was provided by AARP


Intersection Intervention

November 2017

Plan for intersection intervention, this installation will be in place for 1 month to test the new traffic pattern.

Travel lane section for Arthur Ave


This project is taking a closer look at the intersection of Arthur Ave and 11th Ave N at Elizabeth Park. This intersection has hundreds of square feet of street space that could be given back to pedestrians for an extension of Elizabeth Park or a vessel for public art.

This installation could help calm traffic near the park and create a space for expression from the community. 

TURBO has partnered with the Neighborhood Resource Center for the 5th Annual Nashville Neighborhoods Celebration on September 30th. Here TURBO plans to create a seating area for a food bazaar as well as collect ideas for this underutilized space at this intersection.

See photos from the Neighborhood Celebration: