Location: Between Greer Stadium and the Science Center
Size of Park: Large
Approximate Age of Patrons: From Grandma to Grandkid
Topics of Conversation: "Can I pee here? What about here?"
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: Out-of-towners
Perceived Safety: High
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Fine
Number of pitbulls sighted: None
Accessibility: Surprisingly nice
Incorporation of Local History: Excellent
Recommended Patrons: Civil War buffs, fans of stone buildings
So with every step around Fort Negley, you get different views at every time of year (especially winter), from downtown to the lights of the new Belmont ball fields out toward Brentwood and over towards the cemetery.
The interpretive signage is splendid. All along the walkways, you'll find signs that tell you what you're seeing and why.
And then, up at the top ... I know we've talked about this before, but whenever I go to one of these Civil War sites, I think of my uncle who was a history buff. Due to the ravages of polio, he was confined to a motorized scooter for long walks. Often, if there was something out on a battlefield he couldn't get to, he'd send one of us kids to go look and shout back what we were seeing. And we all knew it wasn't good enough — that he wanted to be out there seeing for himself, taking it in first-hand.
The only drawback to the park is that, strangely enough, the visitors' center isn't open on Sunday. So if you live in town and you have a 9-5 job, there's only one day you can visit the center. And that means there aren't open bathrooms at a huge city park on a major visiting day.