August 1, 2003

Capers Avenue soon to be Childrens Way

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Capers Avenue soon to be Childrens Way

A bill before Metro Council to change Capers Avenue to Childrens Way was adopted unanimously and was signed into law by Mayor Bill Purcell last week. Capers Avenue is the street that runs just north of and parallel to Blakemore. It crosses 24th Avenue in front of the Capers garage.

“It’s part of our community celebration of children,” said Amy Casseri, director of Pediatric Services Development.

Casseri said the change to Childrens Way is important not only to center focus on the new Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, which is located on the street, but also to make it easier for families to find the hospital.

“The Council was quick to understand that renaming the street would make it easier for families to get here,” said Mary Pat Teague, assistant director of community, neighborhood and government Relations. Councilwoman Ginger Hausser sponsored the legislation and shepherded it through the process. We greatly appreciate the outstanding cooperation of Councilwoman Hausser and all Metro Departments, especially Public Works and Planning.”

“Judge Barbara Haynes was instrumental in getting this bill passed,” said Casseri. “We appreciate everything she’s done for us as chair of the community relations committee for the VCH board.”

Officials plan to implement the name change with new signage in the coming weeks.