Attributes of the parks in Nashville, Tennessee

Parks in Nashville, Tennessee

To make most parks visible here, the log of the park areas has been taken. We see a very rich scene, indicating that Nashville, Tennessee is a city with many parks. Some of the biggest ones by area in acres have been highlighted here, hopefully corresponding to reality. If we look carefully, we see that the adresses of two of them are on the same street ("Old Hickory Blvd") and the names of two others, which are very close together are somewhat similar ("Percy Warner" and "Edwin Warner" parks). Perhaps there is some historical perspective behind this.

Now we will look at a matrix describing all the available amenities in all parks. The greens mean "available", whereas the reds mean "unavailable".

Community CenterNature CenterPlaygroundADA AccessibleRestrooms AvailablePicnic SheltersDog ParkBaseball FieldsBasketball CourtsVolleyballSoccer FieldsFootball & Multi-purpose FieldsTennis CourtsDisc GolfSkate ParkSwimming PoolSpray ParkGolf CourseWalk & Jog PathsHiking TrailsHorse TrailsMountain Bike TrailsBoat LaunchCamping Available by PermitFishing by PermitLakeCanoe LaunchCommunity GardenHistoric Features
Potters Field
East Park
Louise and Rebecca Dudley Park
Cumberland Park
Metro Soccer Complex
Fred Douglas Park
Una Recreation Park
Alvin G. Beaman Park
William Edmondson Park
Elizabeth Park
Buena Vista Park
William Whitfield Park
Harpeth Knoll Park
Kirkpatrick Park
Riverfront Park
Commerce Center Park
Ezell Road Park
Watkins Park
Harpeth River Park
William Coleman Park
Seven Oaks Park
Mildred Shute Minipark
Ted Rhodes Park
Dallas H. Neil Park
Cleveland Park
J. C. Napier Park
Richland Park
City Cemetery
Two Rivers Park
Willow Creek Park
Bells Bend Park
Old Hickory Cemetery
Richard W. Hartman Park
Walk of Fame Park
Rachel's Walk
Paragon Mills Park
Oakwood Park
Eastland Park
Wentworth-Caldwell Park
Grassmere / Nashville Zoo
Hadley Park
Gale Lane Community Park
West Park
Percy Warner Park
Providence Park
Fort Negley
Hope Gardens Park
Clinton B. Fisk Park
Bordeaux-Timothy Drive Park
Brookmeade Park
Bellevue Park
County Cemetery
Green Hills Park
McCabe Park
Heartland Park
Sally Beaman
Riverfront Park
Public Square Park
OHUD Large Baseball Field
Sevier Park
H. G. Hill Park
Reservoir Park
Browns Creek Park
Lockeland Springs Park
Parkwood Park
Riverfront Park
Church Street Park
Hamilton Creek Park
Turner School Park
OHUD Community Center
Edwin Warner Park
Joseph Brown Mullins Park
Centennial Park
Tom Joy Park
William A. Pitts Park
Woodmont Park
Riverfront Park
McFerrin Park
Bass Park
Morgan Park
Lock One Park
E. S. Rose Park
Tony Rose Park
Fannie Mae Dees Park
Elmington Park
Monroe Street Playground
Isaac Litton School Park
Cedar Hill
Shelby Walk Park
Charlotte Park
R. H. Boyd - Preston Taylor Park
Paradise Ridge Park
Cane Ridge Park
Lakewood Park
Shelby Bottoms Park
Crooked Branch Park
Joelton Park
Whitsett Park
Lytle Farm
Flora Wilson Community Park
E. N. Peeler Park
Parmer Park
Bordeaux Garden Park
Whites Creek Park
Shelby Park
Veterans Park
Granbery Park
Southeast Community center Park
St. Bernard Park
Stone Hall Park
Ravenwood Park
South Inglewood Park
Antioch Park
Lock Two Park
Mill Creek Park
Cecil Rhea Crawford Park
Owen Bradley Park
OHUD Arts center
McKissack Park
12th Street Ball Field
Hermitage Park
Madison Park

We see that no park has all the amenities—most fields are red. But it probably does not make sense to offer everything at every park. The cost of this would have been prohibitive. At the same time it would lead to an unbalanced approach, making people develop specific preferences for specific parks, rather decreasing the number of parks overall. Here each park always has something different to offer, which makes it likely more interesting to explore.

Based on this matrix consisting of 123 parks, we can see that most of them are equipped with playgrounds (a total of 75) and are accessible to people with disabilities (ADA accessible, 63 parks). Somewhat fewer parks have restrooms (48), which can be especially important to the elderly, the tired walkers or sportists. Picnic lovers are also well served with a total of 42 picnic shelters. There seem to be many walk and jog paths (41), which is great for those who can't function properly during the day without an active morning. The paths serve both groups at the same time without requiring plenty of investment, like in sport-specific fields. Speaking of them, there are 39 baseball fields, 32 basketball courts and 30 tennis courts. Community centers inside parks are perhaps to facilitate conversations and idea exchange (having no other explanation) and there are 27 of them. Canoe launch is available at 15 parks, which is more frequently than both swimming pools (12) and football fields (11).

Source:, "Park map with park features"