An evening at Bells Bend

Last night, I headed northwest to check out Bells Bend Park, a Metro park in a secluded area along the Cumberland. It took me about half an hour to get there from midtown after work. I still managed to get in a quick hike along the park’s flat terrain.

The park, established in 2007, has a few miles of wide, grassy trails. I chose the 2.3 mile Loop Trail; it turned out to be just the right length to finish by sunset.


The park also has an education and information building (open limited hours) and a camping area for youth groups and Metro-sponsored events. There’s also plenty of wildlife (I missed the picture of the white-tailed deer bounding off the trail, I’m afraid).

All in all, it was a nice park, even if it’s a bit out of the way.

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Nashville Transit Triathalon

This morning, Mayor Barry and some very-committed community members boarded the bus to participate in the Nashville Transit Triathlon.  This is the only time I’ve ever seen the MTA allow people to bring bikes on board the bus (and a guy next to them who just doesn’t care):

After the leg on the 56, participants walked to the Five Points B-Cycle station, then rode bikes back towards East Park:

Earlier: Three of Nashville’s grand visions will be on display in Nashville Transit Triathlon this weekend

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Nashville’s public pools during the Civil Rights Movement

Erin Tocknell, who grew up in Nashville some years after the Civil Rights Movement, wrote an excellent piece about the turmoil surrounding the integration of Nashville’s public swimming pools:

It had taken the Parks Board — a public/private governing entity — roughly 48 hours to decide how to handle the juxtaposition of public swimming and the Civil Rights Movement: Every public pool in Nashville was closed that afternoon, all of them drained and winterized by the end of the week. The citywide swim meet scheduled for that Friday was cancelled, 150 trophies for young competitors put in storage. All public swimming pools remained closed until 1963.

Centennial’s never reopened.

Bitter Southerner published the feature article, which is worth a read.

Earlier: Centennial Park to Host Art Show for Black History Month

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Three of Nashville’s grand visions will be on display in Nashville Transit Triathlon this weekend

Nashville has three big plans for improvements around the city: nMotion, for public transit; WalknBike, for sidewalks and bikeways; and Plan to Play, for parks and greenways.  And Mayor Barry will be showcasing those three plans this Saturday at 11:15 AM as she travels East Nashville (and a little bit of downtown) using three different non-car modes.  She (and a whole bunch of other people) will start at Music City Central, riding the 11 AM route 56 to Five Points Station.  Then, she’ll hoof it over to the B-Cycle station a few blocks away, where she’ll check out a bike and ride it to East Park.

I should mention that there is no B-Cycle station at East Park, so how people are supposed to re-dock their rented bikes when they get there, I’m not sure (there are only two B-Cycle stations in the whole of East Nashville, aside from one at Titans Stadium).

The event at East Park runs from 11 to 1 and will feature a number of different displays, including the chance to comment on any of the three plans.  And, there’s free food.

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Bike on the runway

Imagine you’re sitting in the airport, waiting on your delayed flight.  You’ve been waiting for hours.  You look out at the runway, fresh air, all that pavement.  Wouldn’t it be nice to just hop on your bike and ride, ride, ride down that runway?  Sorry, it’s (probably) against the rules there, but not at Cornelia Fort Airpark, a disused airport in East Nashville’s Shelby Bottoms:

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Symphonic Sounds in the Parks

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra has been out on the town this summer.  Tonight, they were at Crockett Park in Brentwood:

Earlier this weekend, they played at Centennial Park and Ascend Amphitheater.  They’ve got more coming up this summer in Nashville and farther afield.  Most of these concerts in the park are free.

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The weeds have been wrangled

Yesterday, folks gathered for the annual weed wrangle at green spaces across the city.  Volunteers worked hard to remove green things that are less than welcome — those certain green things that are invasive species.

Instagrammer nashvillediary put in some sweat equity at Cheekwood:

Meanwhile, Metro Public Works snapped a photo of the event at the Warner Parks:

And some guys from one of Nashville’s many private schools looked fatigued after doing some work at Fort Negley:

EarlierWeed Wrangle 2016

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Weed Wrangle 2016

Correction: The Weed Wrangle is actually March 5, not February 20.

This Saturday, volunteers will gather at 15 parks and other green spaces across the city to remove invasive weeds from the unique ecosystems.

Invasive species are plants (and other biological groups) that enter a new ecosystem and, having no natural competitors, smother native species.  In the Nashville area, invasive plants include bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, and kudzu.  Invasive species smother local forests and reduce the productivity of the ecosystems.

Volunteers can sign up for the Weed Wrangle at sites such as the Nashville Zoo, Shelby Bottoms Park, and Fort Negley.

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