Watkins Park

Watkins Park (HM2FC)

Location: Nashville, TN 37203 Davidson County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 9.711', W 86° 47.938'

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Land once known as Watkins Grove was given to the city in 1870 by brick maker and contractor Samuel Watkins. It served as a site for political gatherings, school commencements and concerts. This became Nashville's first public park in 1901. Park Board chairman E. C. Lewis planned landscape features including a stone entrance and fence, walkways, flowerbeds, and benches, which were built with materials donated by citizens. In 1906, the Centennial Club opened the city's first playground here, setting a precedent for public recreation facilities elsewhere in the city. Improved by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, Watkins Park was a park for black Nashvillians from 1936 until the 1960s, when the park system was desegregated.
HM NumberHM2FC
Series This marker is part of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series
Marker Number123
Year Placed2005
Placed ByThe Historical Commission of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 8:08pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 518081 N 4001918
Decimal Degrees36.16185000, -86.79896667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 9.711', W 86° 47.938'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 9' 42.66" N, 86° 47' 56.28" W
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Area Code(s)615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1600-1624 Jo Johnston Ave, Nashville TN 37203, US
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