Published: October 7, 2009
The city of La Vergne received two awards of “Excellence” from the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) during the council’s annual banquet.
During the event, held in Wilson County, the city was honored for their achievements in two areas of the City:
Parks and Recreation – The department’s Howl at the Moon 5K run received the award for its success over the past few years.
“We had more than 200 participants this year” said Parks and Recreation Director Robin Grubb. “For us, that was a successful event. People like our race because it’s unique, held on a Friday night at 8 p.m. It’s fun for the entire family and it’s cooler for the runners.”
The course is an out and back, beginning in Veteran’s Memorial Park, continuing down Murfreesboro Road to City Hall and then it returns to the start/finish line in the Park. There are a variety of participants – those who are serious runners and finish under 20 minutes and those who take their time and enjoy the full moon and the fun atmosphere of the event.
”It makes for an exciting race and a good time is had by all,” Grubb said.
Senior Center – The center received the award for their recent renovation.
During a two phase renovation plan, the La Vergne Senior Center will eventually be expanding into the entire building they are currently located in. The first phase cost around $23,000 and was paid for by two Community Enhancement Grants as well as other donations and money from the Seniors’ building fund.
In phase one, they knocked down the offices, giving more room for the members of the growing center to sit and walk around the building. They also completely renovated the kitchen, to assist with Friday meals, which are provided for $2 each.
“In addition, we added two big screen TVs on the walls, as well as a camera system that will display items on the TV,” said Senior Citizen’s Coordinator Donna Bebout. “This assists some of our hearing impaired members with activities like bingo and has enhanced many of our programs with the ability to use visual aids.
The new center can comfortable accommodate 50 people sitting and allow more to move around the building with ease.
“I am very pleased with both of our awards,” said La Vergne Mayor Ronnie Erwin. “Not only do they show that the programs in our city are successful and working toward the betterment of this community, they also show that our peers acknowledge their success. That means a lot to the City and our citizens should be proud of what we have done and what we continue to do.”
The GNRC is made up of 13 counties and 53 cities in Middle Tennessee.