Create Nashville's First Community Parklet in 12 South

Create Nashville's First Community Parklet in 12 South

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12 South Parklet Organization started this petition to Nashville Metro Planning Dept

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12southparklet@gmail.com to support/ask questions.

12 South has become one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Nashville due to the vibrance of local restaurants and retail, and strong neighborhood zoning/design.

However, like much of Nashville, there are still SO many ways to prioritize pedestrian safety and experience over automobile-centric design. This one-year parklet pilot is intended to take one more step towards doing so, by:

  • Widening a congested sidewalk in front of Jeni's, making it safer to walk past the line that often snakes around several times
  • Slowing car traffic at the "gate" of the neighborhood, simultaneously welcoming drivers while making it safer for pedestrians to cross the street
  • Replacing cold concrete parking spaces with a welcoming gathering area for the community
  • Adding green space to the north end of the strip, mirroring Sevier Park on the south side, to beautify this side of the neighborhood

The two parking spaces represent under 0.25% (less than 1%) of the neighborhood's total street parking spots. In addition, several observational surveys showed that under five cars utilized the spot each day; people were parking for hours at a time, limiting the number of people who could use it. Finally, there are 60 free parking spaces at the Waverly-Belmont school just 1-2 blocks from this location that are being under-utilized. 

In summary, this parklet will continue to activate the neighborhood, as well as add a pedestrian-focused community amenity, as a welcoming monument for 12 South.

More Details

  • Photos shown are concepts meant to show scale. The actual parklet will feature plants and local artists' work!
  • Parklet will be installed between Linden and Elmwood, next to 12 South Flats
  • Jeni's Ice Cream, and the adjacent property, has agreed to pay for the cost of installation and maintenance as their commitment to the community. There is $0 funding from the government.
  • The Nashville Civic Design Center, a non-profit devoted to thoughtful urban design, is a major supporter of this project as well.
  • A local architecture firm, Smith Gee Studio, is providing the designs pro-bono as their commitment to Nashville.
  • Parklet will be a one-year pilot and will be re-evaluated in one year; the project is being proposed after several very successful PARK(ing) Days with 1-day parklets.
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