Monday, January 24, 2011

Isaac Litton Park: A Review

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 5:24 AM

The playground equipment and tennis courts in the back.
  • The playground equipment and tennis courts in the back.
In Short

Location: On Gallatin not quite to Briley
Size of Park: Medium
Crowds: None
Approximate Age of Patrons: Just me
Topics of Conversation: None
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: None
Perceived Safety: Medium
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Almost irresistibly high
Number of pitbulls sighted: None
Accessibility: Good
Incorporation of Local History: Pretty good (I know!)
Recommended Patrons: Families and people who like bricks

Your dog dreams about a park like this.
  • Your dog dreams about a park like this.
I have driven by Isaac Litton Park hundreds, if not thousands, of times. I like to drive around town. A branch of my bank is near there. And I have friends who live over there. I've never seen anyone at the park.

I had kind of convinced myself that maybe the problem was that it was just the grassy part in front of the school. But when I went to review it, I discovered that the park is substantial. There's a backstop and a humongous grassy area, some lovely playground equipment, benches, a couple of places to have picnics, plenty of garbage cans, a volleyball net and tennis courts. The whole thing is fenced in. And the parking is nice and the park is honestly accessible.

So now, to be honest, even though I go by it all the time, I'm not sure if it's well-used or not because I can assure you I was never looking deep enough into the park to see how big it is.

But it should be well-used. It's really nice.

A few things to note. The sidewalks in the park are a little weirdly crunchy. A few times I stepped and it sounded like breaking ice, but the sidewalks were dry and it didn't look like the concrete was broken. So I'm not sure what's up with that, but it's a little disconcerting and it could indicate some kind of structural problem that could cause problems for wheelchairs. And even though it's a great neighborhood park, there is only a sidewalk along the east side of Gallatin to the south. Walking in from the north and east would require you to cross Gallatin twice to stay on sidewalks.

The other thing to note is that this is almost irresistibly an unsanctioned dog park. It's a huge, grassy, fenced-in area with nobody in it. I cannot believe that people don't let their dogs run here (though, fair warning, there is no gate, just a gap in the fence, so your dog could easily run out of the fenced-in area and there is a prominent sign telling you to keep your dog on a leash). Heck, I'm not a dog and it was all I could do to not run around in big circles before flopping in the grass. I didn't notice any dog poop, but, if I played in this park regularly, I'd be keeping an eye out for it.

And this would make a good spot for a real dog park, if we're just dreaming.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised by Isaac Litton Park. Definitely one to put on your list of parks to check out.

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