Location: On Caldwell Road, just off the interstate. Follow the signs to Mansker's Station
Size of Park: Large
Crowds: Medium large, but the park is big enough I didn't feel crowded
Approximate Age of Patrons: All ages
Topics of Conversation: "The car is right there! Why are you stopping now?"
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: All kinds
Perceived Safety: Very high
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: I'm not sure. It seemed very dog friendly, but mine was the only dog
Number of pitbulls sighted: One
Incorporation of Local History: Very strong
Recommended Patrons: Me! And ballplayers, history buffs, picnic-eaters, tree enthusiasts, kids, people who want to practice parallel parking on the left side of the street
Folks, that's what it's like to go to Moss Wright Park. I would get married in order to leave my husband for Moss Wright Park. If person/park marriage is ever legalized in Tennessee, I would become Mrs. Moss Wright Park, even if it meant 50 years of explaining that, yes, I was actually married to a park and having people ask me embarrassing questions about my sex life. (In the interest of full disclosure, I would cheat on Moss Wright Park with Lock One Park, though, I imagine.)
This park has everything. It's got a lovely playground loaded with kids. It's got plenty of parking. There are basketball courts and big, beautiful, well-cared-for ballfields that stretch on one after another as far as the eye can see. Each picnic pavilion has a lidded garbage can and a drinking fountain nearby. And down by the creek there are some tables with grills. There are huge grassy expanses full of white clover that is incredibly soft on your feet and the trees are marvelous.
And I thought we'd walked all over the park only to see, when we were leaving, that there's a trail and a whole other section to the park that I'd missed, with more ball fields and, it looked like, soccer fields.
And the incorporation of local history?!
And there are signs near the fort and the house explaining their historical significance, which is really nice. Plus as much of the historical stuff as feasible is accessible.
The only strange thing is that I didn't see any other dogs in the park. I didn't see any signs saying dogs weren't welcome, but they were noticeably absent. It could have been that it was just too hot for most people to feel comfortable bringing their dogs, but mine had a fine time rolling in the grass and enjoying the breeze when she felt it was too hot to walk back to the car without taking a break under the tree.
Moss Wright Park isn't a Metro park; it's run by Goodlettsville. But I think it's still in Davidson County, so I'm reviewing it anyway. Shoot, if it's not in Davidson County, we should totally fight Sumner County for it. I think we can take them.
I took many, many more photos than this, mostly of the historical stuff, and posted them over at Tiny Cat Pants, if you'd like to see them.