A walkable neighborhood park is a rare gem in Nashville. Elmington Park, at the corner of West End and Bowling, is one of two local parks in my neighborhood. It is close, distance-wise, but unfortunately has a very significant barrier to walking: Bowling Av. Bowling is a high speed connector street - a cut-through. Very useful to drivers but a real danger for the walker. If Bowling Av had a complete sidewalk my family could walk safely, quickly, and in comfort. Access to this park is one reason Trish Mixon and I have been fighting so hard to finish the sidewalk network on Bowling (see Sidewalk Project #1: http://shadeparadenashville.blogspot.com/2015/03/sidewalk-project-1-bowling-av.html).
One of my goals of this writing project, Shade Parade Nashville, is to elevate pedestrianism and build in rewards for walking. This Little Library below is a perfect compliment and I am happy to announce it here. It is accessible only to pedestrians, sits at the entrance to Elmington Playground, and allows for serendipitous learning about new things.
Calling all your books and small toys/trinkets that you would like to share! This is the perfect opportunity to turn your spring cleaning into sharing for the betterment of this neighborhood!
Please place items inside the Little Library at Elmington Park, come by periodically to see what's new, take whatever interests you…
Thank you to Little Libraries and Turnip Green for donating this place to exchange free books and little toys. It was created during Pedestrian Paradise held in the fall of 2014.
Thank you to Proctor Marble and Granite for installing it.