Sadly, as of this week an even more apt name for it is Asphalt Park because Broadway Park is no more. Where will Vandy denizens gather for a pickup game of ultimate? Where will judicial candidates illegally plant their yard signs? Not here anymore.
Above, the Broadway Park in its heyday (which for now lives on at Google Maps Street View). After the jump, the damage done (a photo taken this morning).
I took for granted that Broadway Park was an actual park, since it has a sign that declares it so. But it's not listed on Metro's park list. This brings up a lot of questions. Did Metro Parks forget about Broadway Park? Did it used to be a park but they decommissioned it? Is it a rogue park—a piece of grass that decided "To hell with just being a traffic median! Today I am a park! Get me a sign!"? Is there a possibility of any patch of grass just deciding it's a park? Should I keep a closer eye on my front lawn, to prevent it from getting ideas? If Metro didn't put up the sign, who did?
Betsy summed it up as "a lovely little snack-sized park, a nice, welcome patch of nature in a knot of traffic." Now it's gone, the newly laid carpet of asphalt a jarring metaphor for the ways that a booming "it city" blithely discards its halcyon past. Or something.