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McFerrin Park

Updated: Apr 8, 2021

McFerrin Park was established in 1920. It was originally purchased for $5K by the Park Board. This land was originally the land of John McFerrin (1807-1887), a prominent Nashvillian who was a Methodist minister, who conducted the funeral service of President James K. Polk, was an editor of many important Methodist publications at the time, and was intertwined with other prominent Nashville families of the time, like the Berrys and the McGavocks. It has a little over 11 acres. It contains a playground, a basketball court, a baseball field, tennis courts, and a community center. A community center was built in 1963, but then torn down and rebuilt. The $2 million, 22K sq foot community center reopened in 2007.

This neighborhood has been through a lot. It was crime ridden, and seedy, throughout the 1980s and 1990s. However, as with a lot of east Nashville, it gentrified and developed in the mid 2000s. It was a pleasure to walk through.

Name: McFerrin Park

Address: 301 Grace St, 37207

History: 3 out of 5

Walkability: 3 out of 5

Kid Like-ability- 3 out of 5

Date Night-ability- 2 out of 5

Charm: 3 out of 5

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