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Kossie Gardner Sr Park

Updated: Sep 2, 2022

This is the newest Metro Nashville Park.

No, for real. It opened less than a month ago on November 16th, 2020, which is super exciting. It is a little over a quarter of an acre. It is a pocket park that includes a playground, a beautiful placard explaining the history of the neighborhood and the namesake, a small lawn, a mural wall, and a plaza. At the opening ceremony, a time capsule was buried to be opened in 2030.

Kossie Gardner was a very prominent Black Nashvillian and entrepreneur. Across the street from the park that bears his name was the home of his funeral home, where he worked as a mortician and ran a business that served his community. His financial success enabled him to establish the first Black subdivision in Nashville, and the first motorized ambulatory service in the city.

This park was established in a neighborhood that has been historically black, and sits as a tribute to the Black middle class boom and business boom that happened in this neighborhood in the 1920s and 1930s. As the namesake of this park, Kossie Gardener is the embodiment of this spirit. This park is an excellent tribute.

Compared to other cities of its size, Nashville has a disproportiante amount of large parks (like the Warner Parks and Beaman Park). However, more than half of Nashvillians do not live within a ten minute walk of a park. So we are seeing more of these pocket parks pop up, which we discussed in our hit of Azafran Park. It was super exciting to see a brand new park.

Name: Kossie Gardner Sr. Park

Address: 1606 Jefferson St, 37208

History: 4 out of 5

Walkability: 1 out of 5

Kid Like-ability- 5 out of 5

Date Night-ability- 3 out of 5

Charm: 5 out of 5

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