Monday, February 20, 2012

South Inglewood Park: A Review

Posted By on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 at 5:02 AM

Location: On Cahal, just before you get to Porter
Size of Park: Large
Crowds: One other person
Approximate Age of Patrons: Adults
Topics of Conversation: "Could you leash your dog?"
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: Just mine
Perceived Safety: Medium
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Should be fine
Number of pitbulls sighted: Unfortunately, just mine
Accessibility: Pretty good, considering how hilly it is
Incorporation of Local History: None
Recommended Patrons: People who like pleasant places

South Inglewood Park is another one of Nashville's nicely done parks. It's large, has a beautiful community center, two sets of great playground equipment, and a great view of the neighborhood. There's a nice paved path around the park with charming lighting and nice benches. There are big grassy areas to play in and plenty of trees. At the top of the hill, there are a few ball fields, which were a little muddy when we were there — but it seems unfair to judge any field by what it looks like in mid-February.

The park is really appealing. I hadn't been there before, so I was pleasantly surprised by how large it was and how well-cared-for it appeared. It's also really lovely how the new things in the park have been incorporated alongside the old. It has a nice aesthetic feel to it — like this has been a park that has been important to the neighborhood for a long time.

And so here we were at the park just enjoying its awesomeness — my dog, on a leash like she is supposed to be, and another dog, which looked like a golden retriever, in the park with her owner. As they get closer, I say, "Could you put your dog on its leash until you get by us?"

But the chick doesn't even have a leash! So her dog comes bounding over, ignoring the gal shouting its name, and the dog is not reading any of the body language from my dog that says, "What the fuck? Why are you so near me and my person?" Chick is still standing 100 feet away just shouting her dog's name. And I have to squat down and shield my dog from her dog.

And what does she say after her dog finally gives up and runs off? "Good dog." Good at what? Ignoring her?

People, I am going to be honest. There have been a lot of things that have bothered me about individual parks along the way. I have had some weird experiences. I have seen a couple of things that seemed like safety hazards.

Far and away, the biggest dangers/annoyances at our parks are unleashed dogs and the nincompoops who own them. You may never get poison ivy walking in grass that reaches your knee in Douglas Park. You may never lose your child into one of the sewage pits in Providence Park. But by god, if you spend any time in our parks, you are going to encounter some asshole and his or her unleashed dog.

I guess it says something good about the quality of our parks that the biggest downside to them is us.

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