LA VERGNE - There is an empty field on top of a hill, surrounded by 3,500 homes in and around the Lake Forest Estates subdivision.
The field was set aside years ago to be a future park that would serve the residents of the area, but right now there is just a picnic shelter and an old family cemetery.
Decades later, La Vergne city officials intend to fulfill the promise of a neighborhood park.
They are taking the first steps to organize a community playground build by holding a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28, in the Board Room at City Hall. It will follow the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.
“We have families who moved to the neighborhood 20 years ago because they were promised a park,” Mayor Senna Mosley said. “Now they have grandchildren that they would like to see on swings and slides. The time has come to mobilize this community so together we can build a safe place for our children to play.”
At the organizational meeting, people will be asked to sign up for a number of committees that include fundraising, publicity, materials, tools and more.
The city has projected a $50,000 earmark for the 2013-14 budget, but Mosley said she hopes fundraising will at least double that amount for a playground, which would be designed so children of all abilities would find it accessible.
“We want to involve our residents to the fullest extent possible, including gathering ideas from children on what they would like to have in their playground,” Mosley said. “It will be a long process, but with cooperation from our community, finding grant funding, and sponsorships from our industry leaders, we will finally have kept the promise made many many years ago.”