Location: Metro Parks seems to be stretching it a little by claiming this
Crowds: Me and the old lady sorting her laundry.
Approximate Age of Patrons: Me and older
Topics of Conversation: Good morning
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: No parking lots
Perceived Safety: High
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: It depends. If the large green area on the other side of the cul de sac is also a part of the park, pretty high. If not, pretty low.
Number of pitbulls sighted: Just mine
Accessibility: Middling. I didn't notice any curb cuts to let a person in a wheelchair get into the park, but if you can get into the park, it's not too bad.
Incorporation of Local History: None, which would be fine -- after all, it's just a neighborhood park and not every park has to have great historic sites or anything -- except that there's not even anything to tell you who Tony Rose is or was, or why the park is named after him, or anything about how some of the park was given for the old Hall of Fame. Which just goes to show, if you get a park named after you in Nashville, you should consider paying a local gang to come in and tag the park with facts about your life.
Recommended Patrons: Children, families, and another good place for moss connoisseurs.
Metro Parks would like you to believe that this park is on Music Circle and, maybe, back in the day, before the original Country Music Hall of Fame went in, Tony Rose Park may have stretched that far.
But these days trying to get to the park from Music Circle is a lot less convenient than just going down Division to 12th Avenue South to Hawkins or down Sigler, both of which dead-end at the park.
The park is small, but cute. There's a very nice playground, some lovely old trees, plenty of seating, and it's set up with two or three grills so you can cook out there when the weather's nice. I find the idea of having hamburgers at the park so charming that I'm
The neighborhood is back on its way up, so I imagine it'd be great fun to walk around the neighborhood seeing everything people are doing to spruce up the houses. And then you could end with some time at the park, maybe sitting in the open-air hobbit hut in the middle.
I'm not actually sure about the size of the park, but if it does stretch over onto the other side of the Sigler Street cul de sac, it looks like you could have some nice room for a game of catch or tag or just to lay out and sun yourself.
I know I keep harping on this, but really, the only thing this park is missing is the incorporation of local history. Who was Tony Rose? When was the park open? Why was it named after him? The parks that do provide this information do it so well that I find it really frustrating when other parks don't.
I wouldn't expect improvements in the current economic climate, but clearly people name
Also, in the hobbit hut, there was a woman folding her clothes. She didn't have a laundry basket, so I'm not sure how she was going to transport those clothes once they were folded, but I also think that it's an innovative use of our city's parks. I think that, if I could fold my laundry at the park, I'd be much more enthusiastic about the task.
Okay, probably not. But I respect a woman who has found a way to make folding laundry more tolerable for her.