Location: On Brick Church Pike just inside Briley
Size of Park: Tiny
Approximate Age of Patrons: None
Topics of Conversation: Nothing
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: None
Perceived Safety: Well, high, considering this is the Playground Nashville Forgot
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Low
Number of pitbulls sighted: None
Accessibility: Good and terrible
Incorporation of Local History: None
Recommended Patrons: I don't rightly know
Maybe everyone's just forgotten about it.
This may be the strangest Parks property I have ever reviewed. Here you have excellent playground equipment in great shape in the middle of a grassy area with lots of parking. And it's the middle of summer vacation, in the middle of a neighborhood full of houses and apartment complexes. And the weather is beautiful.
And the playground was completely empty. Like tumbling tumbleweeds and only the laughter of long dead children empty.
I was trying to understand how this could be. And I think there are three factors.
1. Brick Church Pike is five lanes in front of the playground and there's no light, which means no crosswalk. So people who live in the neighborhood on the east side of Brick Church have no safe way to cross on foot. And, shoot, who wants to load everyone up in the car to go three blocks? By then, you might as well just find a bigger park. Plus there's no sidewalk on the west side of the street, so even if you do somehow get across safely, unless you crossed right at the entrance to the playground, you're either going to be walking on grass or on the side of the road. That's a terrifying prospect, if you have young children.
3. When they closed the school, they didn't take out the old playground equipment. All the old metal jungle gyms and monkey bars are still there, rusting away, just waiting to give the kid brave enough to play on them a bad case of tetanus. And they would be deliciously tempting to any kid who felt he or she was just a little too old for the snazzy playground equipment. I'd be very wary if I were a parent about that equipment.
So it's a real shame. The new equipment is good, but it's like they just put it there to say they put in a neighborhood playground. There's nothing to indicate that they actually gave any thought to whether the neighborhood would be able to use it or whether they'd have to make some grander changes to the neighborhood to make it truly accessible to people.
And, dang, get someone out there to mow. How's a kid supposed to kick a ball around in grass that long?