When we got to McFerrin Park, there was a dad swinging with his tiny daughter on the swings. It just about melted my uterus, it was so cute. And it was nice to see, even on a blustery November day, the park being used — the dad and daughter, a small group of women walking, and some kids playing a basketball game that looked to involve every hoop across multiple courts.
The new community center looks great and the park itself is lovely. The tennis courts are in good shape. The basketball courts look fine. The playground equipment is in good shape and the red is not yet faded. There was one Bloods tag — I think. (Are Bloods still marking their territories with "BK," or is some jerk Burger King employee taking this viral marketing thing a little too far?) But I didn't see any other vandalism.
It has great trees and it sits in the neighborhood nicely with the houses around it all facing into the park.
The only weirdness is that behind the community center, there's a rectangular indent in the ground. We were trying to decide if it's a filled-in pool or maybe where the old tennis courts used to be. I did some research on the Internet but found no answers. But if there's some kind of neighborhood-wide snowball fight, whoever gets the indent as his headquarters is going to be at a distinct advantage. There's a little berm between there and the basketball courts, which would be great for hiding behind.
Anyway, another beautiful park. Good job, Nashville.