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Frederick Douglass Park

Updated: Oct 10, 2020

At 32 acres, Frederick Douglass Park is a large, nice park. It has a soccer field, baseball field, playground, and a sandy volleyball court, which was something we hadn’t seen before.

The park was originally established in 1936, and was in a predominately Black neighborhood, often referred to in newspapers at the time as the “Fred Douglas Park for Negroes.” It was demolished in 1963, and rebuilt a quarter of the mile down the road. It was originally called Douglas Park, in the May 1935 Parks Board, and someone scribbled “Fred” before Douglas in the meeting minutes. For eighty years, the park was named Fred Douglas Park. Many believed the park was named after the famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass, and historians hunted for a prominent Nashvillian by the name of “Fred Douglas” to no avail. The park changed named by unanimous voting in 2017 to the Frederick Douglass Park we now know. There are no real paved paths, so plan to run around in the grass. It is a very well maintained park.

Name: Frederick Douglass Park

Address: 210 N 7th St, 37206

History: 4 out of 5

Walkability: 3 out of 5

Kid Like-ability- 3 out of 5

Date Night-ability- 3 out of 5

Charm: 3 out of 5

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