Saturday, June 09, 2007

Backyard tourist

I found a shady playground--one that will be perfect for those hot summer days! After two swings by a listed playground, I finally asked a maintenance man for directions. It's part of my effort to be "a backyard tourist"--trekking to those hidden spots and free activities all over town.


Anonymous said...

What do you mean? "two SWINGS by a LISTED playground"?


Anonymous said...

Hi. We used to live in Nashville and drive through at least twice a year on the way to MS. Is this park in Franklin? If so we have been there once several years ago, but found it quite by accident. Can you tell me how to get there? Nashville is the halfway mark for us and we always try to stop and do something fun if we can. Thanks!!

Meredith said...

Sorry for the confusion! This playground was listed on the Parks and Recreation Department. Both times my family visited this particular large park, we drove down all the roads looking for the playground! Finally, on our last swing through the ball fields, I found a maintenance worker and asked directions. Didn't want to hurt my husband's feelings!

Sharron, this park is not in Franklin. The one you are thinking of is Pinkerton Park in Franklin (off I-65)--either that one, or Red Caboose Park in Bellevue (off I-40). Both are only a few minutes from the exits and make great pit stops.

Pinkerton Park: exit I-65 at the Franklin/Murfreesboro exit (Hwy. 96). Head West toward Franklin. You will pass a shopping area, then Mack Hatcher Parkway, then Pinkerton Park is clearly marked on the right. If you reach downtown Franklin, you've gone too far.

Red Caboose Park is a little easier to find. From I-40 on the West side of Nashville, take the exit for Bellevue/Hwy. 70 S. Head East toward Bellevue Center Mall. You will drive a few miles down Hwy. 70 until you come to the intersection at Colice Jeanne Rd. There are churches at 3 corners and the park at the fourth.

Hope this helps!