Groundbreaking for new community center held

Dignitaries and elected officials break ground on the Smith Springs Community Center. Photo by Laurie Combs Morgan.

A who’s who of area dignitaries and elected officials were on hand Friday for the groundbreaking of the new Smith Springs Community Center.

The center will be located at 2801 Smith Springs Road and will be a state-of-the-art facility, featuring fitness facilities, a swimming pool, meeting rooms, dance room, gym, indoor walking track, and more. The facility will be 30,000 square feet.

Outside the facility will be ample parking, a 15-acre park, playground, and walking trail. Construction is expected to take between a year and 14 months.

Council Member Karen Johnson. Photo by Laurie Combs Morgan.

“It is going to change this part of our city, because community centers do a lot of important things, like provide after-school and summer programs for youth, offer fitness opportunities, and give the community a place to interact socially,” Mayor Megan Barry posted on Facebook after the event.

The community center is located in District 29, represented by Metro Council Member Karen Johnson, one of many who has been a driving force behind the community center.

“This is a great day,” Johnson told the large crowd on hand for the groundbreaking. “This is an entire community that over the years has been fighting to be noticed and to be heard. We have shown that southeast Nashville does matter in the grand scheme of Nashville.”

Mayor Megan Barry addresses the audience at the groundbreaking. Photo by Laurie Combs Morgan.

She then thanked Mayor Barry for her support of SE Nashville.

“I think you can all agree that Mayor Megan Barry makes quality of life first for every citizen of Nashville.”

Photo by Laurie Combs Morgan

Photo by Laurie Combs Morgan

Photo by Laurie Combs Morgan