The lush green landscape provides a needed escape from the towering skyscrapers and bustling city life. The most notable, and possibly most out-of-place feature of the park is the Parthenon replica, built to scale. Commissioned for Nashville’s celebration of the nation’s 100th birthday, it also commemorates Nashville’s reputation as the “Athens of the South” because of its many universities and arts scene.
Don’t just admire this architectural feat from the outside, the builders took this replica project to its fullest extent. According to Ancient Greek history, the Parthenon was built to house an ivory and gold statue built by Phidias to honor the goddess. Its size can’t be described as anything but breath-taking, and it’s mind-blowing to think about this being built during the B.C. era.
In Nashville, Centennial Park also serves as a prime outdoor venue for all kinds of community events. From outdoor movie screenings in the bandstand, concerts, bike festivals, swing dancing Saturday nights, Americana arts showcases, and Shakespeare performances, there’s always something exciting going on. Joggers, volleyball players, and more take advantage of the facilities as well. Take an afternoon to feed the ducks in the lake, grab a sno-cone, and people watch at this picturesque urban park.