Dragon Park in Nashville
Hello sweet friends! As many of you know, our family is a huge fan of Tennessee and Nashville parks and frequently visit. From the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to smaller ones in town, we are very thankful for the free outdoor space to explore and burn some toddler energy. Thank goodness winter is over and we can get outside again! Inspired by the fact that we go to a park almost weekly, I’m going to share some our favorite parks to visit with kids here with you all.
First up is Dragon Park (2400 Blakemore Ave) near Hillsboro Village. Also known as Fannie Mae Dees Park, this place is a kids’ dream. It features a huge mosaic dragon sculpture that is beautiful and fun for kids to climb around on and explore. The dragon was built in 1980 by artist Pedro Pablo Silva and the original tile work was laid by local school children. The dragon was recently refurbished and looks amazing. Jonas was obsessed with it because he’s very into dinosaurs right now.
The park also features several awesome play areas. One that is very shaded and is lower to the ground in many areas making it easer for little legs to climb and also less scary for parents of kids who tend to fall down frequently. The playground is an All Abilities play area making it accessible for wheelchairs and differently-abled children as well. There are multiple shaded picnic tables to sit at while watching the kids play. There is a second play area geared toward smaller children with bouncers and a sand pit. A third play area is geared toward older kids features a rock wall for climbing, tunnel, and slide.
Finally, there are soccer fields and tennis courts, clean bathrooms with a changing station, water fountains, and picnic areas. The only tricky part is parking as the lot only has space for 7 cars (3 of the 7 spaces are reserved handicapped). You can find street parking on 26th Ave and 24th Ave S. Another huge perk of this park is it’s proximity to Hillsboro Village where you can grab a coffee or treat after playing outside for a while.
I hope this encourages you to get outside and explore with your family and visit Dragon Park. Let me know if you do visit. I’d love to see your pictures and hear about your experience.