Cecil Rhea Crawford Park: A Review



In Short:

Location: Old Hickory Boulevard and Cane Ridge Road
Size of Park: Small
Crowds: None
Approximate Age of Patrons: My age
Topics of Conversation: "This magnolia smells so good."
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: Mine and a huge pickup truck
Perceived Safety: High
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: Fine
Number of pit bulls sighted: Just mine
Accessibility: I'd be nervous about the ramp, and you have to walk on the road to get from the parking lot to the swing set
Incorporation of Local History: Not great, but some
Recommended Patrons: Community club enthusiasts and churchgoers

When our state crumbles into despotism and I am Dictator for Life of Nashville, one of my first programs will be to install signs at all of our parks that identify all of our parks. I will also have the person currently responsible for the maps on the Parks website tied in the public square, his or her feet coated in peanut butter and dogs let loose to lick it off.

Here's why. If you look at where Metro Parks plots Crawford Park, it appears to be a in the middle of nowhere over by where OHB and Burkitt come together, but if you happen to look left, you can see the actual location of the park. How hard is it to have the map direct people to the actual park?

And then, does the park have an identifying sign? Of course not. I only knew it was the park based on the small sign telling me what time the park closes.

But don't let those two minor annoyances dissuade you from checking out this park, if indeed you are in the area, because in this park is Tennessee's oldest active community club (or so they claim), and the building that houses it is darling — well-cared for, nicely landscaped, cool roof shape, and plenty of parking. A congregation is using it for church Sunday mornings and it definitely has an "active use" vibe.

We have a couple of community clubs up by where I live, the Litton one and the one in Scottsboro, but I had no idea they were all over town. I wonder if anyone has done a survey of them or a story about them or what. I find the buildings fascinating, but I don't really know what they're for. Is it like being a Mason, but without the world-domination and the secret initiation? Who knows?

Anyway, cute park, cute building. I suspect the park may be bigger than I realized, just looking at the map, but I'm not sure. If you decide to explore, bring a buddy. It's pretty hilly.

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