Little Rearranging & LaV Green Update

I went to the Green LaVergne meeting today at WillStan’s Grille and was excited to meet several of our regular readers/commenters on this blog.  I heard that many readers go to the “latest comments” section first, so I’m bumping it up so it’s the first right hand column on this site.  Also, we’ll be adding a couple of new site authors as a result!  Woo-hoo!

Meanwhile, Jennie sent this update from the Yahoo group.  The goals definitely seem reachable.

Here’s a summary of our inaugural meeting. First, we plan on contacting the city to determine if any community clean-ups are planned. We also want to find out about the progress of the greenway project since clean-up of those proposed sites might appeal to many residents. Apparently, the land between the Stones River Rd roundabout and Hurricane Creek boat ramp has been targeted for greenway development. This area would be a great place for an initial clean-up.

For future clean-ups, we intend to ask about supplies for garbage collection and support in hauling trash bags away from clean-up sites from the Parks and Recreation Department.

Ideas for recruitment and promotion include: blog posts, a City of La Vergne website announcement, a LaVergne Channel 3 spot, TV &/or newspaper feature, sign-ups at National Night Out and Old Timer’s Day, announcements for church and civic groups (e.g., BSA, Girl Scout groups, Rotary Club, Lions), flyers at local places (e.g., Senior Citizens’ center, library, community center, school registrations, businesses), and banners or signage in front of city hall.

Additional goals we hope to achieve include: recognition of beautiful, well-landscaped residential yards, contacting Recycle Rutherford for help coordinating recyclable collection bins (behind new Kroger), Farmer’s Market featuring locally grown produce on Murfreesboro Rd near Fergus Rd intersection, progress report on LFE park, LHS Horticulture group’s unsold plants as donations to local businesses for curbside planting, and Stones River Rd roundabout greenery planting.

If you’re interested in being a part of the Green LaVergne group,

We are seeking like-minded individuals and groups to help with recruitment, organization, advertisement, and garbage collection. Please join our yahoo group to get involved and help us build support for “greening up” La Vergne.

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7 Responses

  1. These are wonderful ideas! I especially like the idea of buying unsold LHS horticulture product for city beautification; that’s two birds with one stone. Woot!

    I am sorry I missed the meeting. When is the next one? My friends lured me to a hiking event at Edwin Warner SP. I plan to get them to the M’boro Greenway soon.

    Edwin Warner’s Nature Center has a beautiful, organic garden. We spent a lot of time shouting the names of plants at each other and considering the feasability of building plant cages like we found there.

    I must visit this Hurricane Creek boat ramp that is so often mentioned here. Are there any boat rentals available? I’ve spent a lot of time this summer swimming at Bryant’s Grove, which is on the far side of the lake. A day in a canoe would be a lot of fun.

    You know what would be good? Green LaVergne grocery/tote bags. I’ve got four old tote bags dedicated to carrying my shopping, now. Could use a few more!

  2. I love Edwin Warner park. Sounds like you had a great time!

    Hurricane Creek boat ramp is just an access point for boaters to put in boats on Percy Priest lake. So, there’s no boat rentals.

    There’s an old paved walkway between the “fishing hole parking spot” near the Stones River Rd roundabout & Hurricane Creek boat ramp. It travels by a creek that empties into the lake and is mostly shaded. If I had to guess, I’d say the length is 2 miles. Unfortunately, the parking is limited and it’s extremely littered with bottles, bait cans, boat cast-offs. I really hope it can be made into a greenway with benches for all people to enjoy!

    I love the idea of logo tote bags but we are a small group with no funds. Maybe, once we’ve grown larger.

  3. A farmer’s market w/ local produce would be great!

  4. I posted a plea for help on my blog, along with a pay pal button beside my “Join Green La Vergne” button, as we discussed in the meeting. You can check it out at my blog, nomoreemptyfortunecookies(dot)com
    As I said, I felt like we had some great ideas tossed around the table, and gained some valuable insight. I hope to continue to see this progress and flourish!
    We’ve already had a donation! And it was from someone who doesn’t even live in Tennessee! If you can, stop by and thank Mandy! mandyclaire(dot)blogspot(com)
    There was also some concern expressed over the litter that making a bunch of fliers would produce, so check out the discussion board at Green La Vergne /yahoo groups to see the ideas we’ve come up with as alternatives…also any other ideas, please bring them to the discussion board!

  5. Isn’t paper biodegradable?

  6. Paper is biodegradable eventually, but it makes a very big mess before… and is easily carried away by wind.

    But seriously, join us at Green La Vergne @yahoo groups!

  7. Now you can keep informed on Green La Vergne’s plans at http://www.greenlavergne.org : )

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