Centennial Park, as I told you yesterday, is a 132-acre urban park about two miles west of downtown Nashville. Formerly farmland, the area was a racetrack from 1884-1895 but became a park when chosen as site of the state's centennial celebration. I took this photo from the portico of the Parthenon. The Vanderbilt University campus is where the buildings are in this photo. (The tree that was the subject of yesterday's photo is to the left of this photo, just out of view, although you can see a few of the branches.)
There used to be a lot more mature shade trees in Centennial Park, but the tornadoes that blew through Nashville in 1998 damaged or destroyed many of them. A Vanderbilt university student, the storm's only fatality, was killed when one of the trees fell on him. Since then, the park has been equipped with warning sirens.
In 2005, Centennial Park entered the hi-tech world when it became the first metro park to offer free wi-fi access to park patrons.