The 36th Annual Celebration of Home Tour in Lockeland Springs is set for the weekend of December 6th and 7th. This year’s tour will feature 10 area homes, as well as the Holly Street fire station. Tour hours will be 5p-9p on Saturday and 1p-5p on Sunday. Please mark your calendars. Check back for further details or use the link below to follow us on Twitter for the latest information.
The NFD officially recognized the longevity of Station 14 on Holly St. as an historical structure and the contribution, peace of mind, and public service its Firefighters have made to the Lockeland Springs and East Nashville communities during the past 100 years in a ceremony on Oct. 1, 2014.
In 1913, when the City of Nashville announced plans to build two new firehalls in outlying suburbs, neighbors organized the Lockeland Improvement League and petitioned to get one built in their neighborhood.
The firehall, designed in the Colonial Revival style by James Yeaman, Nashville’s first city architect, was the first built specifically for motorized vehicles and the first designed to blend into a residential neighborhood. It opened with formal ceremonies on October 1, 1914, as the:
J.B. Richardson Engine Company No. 14
Richardson was a prominent businessman who had bought the Lockeland Mansion as his country estate and when he died in 1913, the City of Nashville named the Station in his honor.
A. A. Rozetta was Chief of Fire Department when Station 14 opened and today it’s the City of Nashville’s oldest active Fire Station.
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This past July, fifty Vanderbilt University faculty, high school students and other volunteers took part in a field work day at Lockeland Springs Park and Lockeland Design Center.
Following the lead of Dr. Chris Vanags, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach, the students cleared and mulched a new path in the park from the Woodland street entrance down to the stream bed, removed brush, worked on park interpretation and display ideas, recorded the GIS locations of many trees planted last spring, and in collaboration with Bo Daniel Parr, created new garden beds at Lockeland Design Center.
Jennifer Tlumak, Executive Director of the Urban Green Lab, spoke with the students about sustainable living and provided leadership to teams in removing invasive species. Councilman Peter Westerholm shared thoughts on community service and the future of the park.
Additionally, Antonin Kouldelka, a member of Scout Troop 3, and candidate for the Eagle Award, recently completed a new bridge over the stream that flows through Lockeland Springs Park. Scout Kouldelka led the design, approval and construction processes for this bridge. The new bridge allows access to the masonry platforms, walls and tanks which remain from the historic water bottling operations which began in Lockeland Springs more than one hundred ten years ago.
A new dress, a new pair of shoes and a new crop of teenagers marked my first day of this brand new school year. I love the first day. I love the expectant faces and the crisp new school supplies. When my children were in school I felt torn: I, their mother, should take them for the first day, but I, the teacher, could not reconcile missing the critical first day with my students. Thus, Dad got the honor of finding the classroom and picking up the supply list and learning first the answer to the summer-long question, which teacher did we get?
Things have changed a bit since then. Instead of waiting to find out which teachers would shape our year, many parents and children await the fateful lottery day with a mixture of fear and excitement. Will my number be one of the lucky ones? The process of planning a school career (that idea in itself is foreign) has become as complicated as strategizing for battle in wartime.
When I speak to young parents in our neighborhood about school choices, I see the weight of the world resting on their shoulders. Parents are accepting the charge of tending to their children’s education with a seriousness that is new in this era of educational fear. Even though we live in a neighborhood with a good school and sidewalks to take us there, not all of our neighbors get to go. The number of spots for new students is few and the number of families in Lockeland Springs with school-age children is growing. The neighborhood that we love suddenly starts to feel less welcoming and more exclusive when it is time to send the baby off to kindergarten.
It is easy for those of us whose children have successfully navigated the system and are off in the world making their own way to dismiss this concern as unfounded and concentrate our efforts on other causes. We know, based upon our experiences, that public school is a good place for kids. It is a uniquely American system that seeks to educate ALL children, not just the few. However, in recent years, reformers have changed the game. The level of worry for parents in 2014 is much greater than “am I a bad mother because I can’t take my child to school on the first day?” The effect of legislation like No Child Left Behind and policies like Race to the Top is a new public school system that relies more heavily on standardized tests to measure the success of children, teachers, and schools than any other era in our history. Combine this with a journalistic age that has moved off the page, where time and care was taken to report the story as objectively and thoroughly as possible, and onto the internet where getting the message out first regardless of the accuracy of the message now prevails, and we have a quagmire of information that parents must sort out. This is a problem that the entire neighborhood must move to the top of our priority list. We cannot leave our young families to manage this alone, or we will become a neighborhood of old fogies and carefree hipsters as the children are moved out by frightened parents choosing the suburbs to save their kids from schools that are not perceived as good or safe. Much of our charm will go with them.
To lead us in our efforts, this fall, before the MNPS lottery applications are due, ReDiscover East will host a seminar to discuss all of the options for children in East Nashville and explain exactly how the priority zone works and where those lines are drawn. Everyone is welcome at this meeting even if you are like me and your children are well beyond the kindergarten stage. As a neighborhood, we need to support all of our public schools and help teachers and parents make each of our elementary options as attractive as Lockeland Design. Making a home here means more than renovating a house or being able to walk to the nicest restaurants in town. Making a home here also means extending the culture of East Nashville to our schools and making it possible for parents to put down deep roots that will last into their golden years.
President, Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association
Lockeland Design Center Elementary School was one of 18 Metro schools that were named 2014 Reward Schools by the TN Department of Education. As a district, Metro Schools posted some of the highest scores statewide for growth in several subjects.
Schools with Reward status are among the highest performing in the state. They are given the designation for landing in the top five percent of all schools statewide for growth, performance or both. Of the 18 Metro schools on the list, five are there for performance, nine for growth and four in both categories. Lockeland was recognized for both performance and growth.
Reward schools for progress are determined according to the Tennessee Value-added Assessment System (TVAAS) growth index, which is the state’s system for measuring growth. Metro elementary and middle schools have the second highest TVAAS growth index in the state for math and are in the top five percent statewide for reading / language arts. Metro high schools, meanwhile, have the best TVAAS growth index in the state for English II and are in the top five percent for English I.
When: Tomato Art Festival – Saturday August 9th 10:30-11:30
Where: Zeitlin Realtors Stage located in the BP parking lot at 11th and Woodland
What: This is an event open to everyone. It is a pet costume contest to see who can dress their pet (dog, cat, bird, monkey, lizard, mammals, reptiles, marsupials, insects etc.) the best.
Registration: $10 preregistration, $15 day of. Registration available the day of the event at the Lockeland Springs Neighborhood Association Tent, at the stage, or pre-registration available ahead of time below. Anyone who pre-pays with PayPal should pick up their ticket at the Lockeland Springs tent before the show.
Additional Fun: We are thrilled to have Scott Couch returning to MC this event for the 4th year and Ian Rhett to DJ the dogs down the catwalk!
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Proceeds will be donated to East CAN
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