LSNA had an exciting 2013. Below is a summary of activities and events that LSNA supported during the year, which aligns with our four-pronged mission toward building community, beautification, education and safety.
35th Annual Tour of Homes: In December, LSNA presented A Celebration of Home, the 35th Annual Tour of Homes, is the largest and most important fundraiser for LSNA. The East Nashvillian provided the history of the homes and we had hundreds of visitors. Funds raised will be used toward supporting LSNA’s mission.
Lockeland Park: LSNA continues to work with Metro Parks to develop this park, which features the historical Lockeland Spring. Improvements for 2013 included over a half dozen Saturday clean-ups and we planted approximately 35 trees, pulled hundreds (perhaps thousands) of privet and honeysuckle bushes and sprouts, and removed lots of brush and rubbish from the park. Volunteers included high school students from Vanderbilt University’s Science and Math program, parents from Lockeland Design Center, the East Nashville Mother’s Club and a homeschooling parents group. In December, we requested another 200 trees from the Tennessee Division of Forestry’s Urban Riparian Tree program, which we expect to plant in the next two months.
Holly Street Firehall: Celebrating the 100th anniversary, LSNA worked with the Metro Historic to install a historic market to commemorate the centennial. Metro Historic and LSNA shared the cost of the marker. The maker provides historic information on the Firehall as well as neighboring Bass Park.
Faux Paw Pet Costume Contest: LSNA assisted East CAN with this popular event at Tomato Art Fest. We had over 20 dogs participate and raised approximatly $500 for East CAN.
Quarterly Neighborhood Meetings: LSNA hosted quarterly meetings at the East Branch Library to provide a forum for a range of important issues and topics relevant to Lockeland Springs throughout 2013.
The Fountain: LSNA publishes The Fountain newsletter every two months to announce neighborhood activities, events, and news. In 2013, LSNA purchased a new mailing list to ensure that all neighborhood homes receive the newsletter. We also worked to clean-up our books and now request upfront payments for ads to sustain the newsletter. We have an amazing group that works on the newsletter and we hope to continue the mailings in 2014.
LSNA Grant Program: In 2013, LSNA launched a new grant program. We are using some profits from the Celebration of Home to fund the program. The purpose of the grant program is to award monies to organizations that seek to improve our neighborhood. This year, we had two winning submittals including the Holly Street Daycare and Park Center. A new sign was installed at the Daycare and landscaping improvements were made at homes owned by Park Center located on Shelby Ave. LSNA hopes to continue the program in 2014.
Donations: LSNA made donations to several important local community/charity organizations, including the East Nashville Mom’s Club for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and Generation Connection for their summer camp. LSNA also donated to the Shelby Park disc golf course and recieved a marker at hole #1 crediting our organization.
Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge: LSNA participated in the newly launched Mayor’s Neighborhood Challenge. The goal of the program is to create greener, healthier and more involved communities. LSNA achieved a bronze level in all three categories: Healthy, Green and Involved.
Community Character: As part of our LSNA bylaws, our organization works to “protect the integrity and character of the neighborhood.” To that end, we started the process to extend the historic overlay to the parts of Lockeland Springs that are not currently covered. Look for more information about this process in 2014 and let us know if you would like to get involved in this effort.
Membership Activity: In 2013, we increased our Facebook “likes” from approximately 60 to 270 in just twelve months. We also continue to support the Lockeland Springs Listserv, which has over 900 members. Our membership is at approximately 50 members, which we hope to increase in 2014.
These are just some highlights of activities and events that LSNA sponsored this past year. We are looking forward to more successes in 2014 but need your help. Please join LSNA and get involved today!