Skip to Content

"Spirit of Nashville" Honors Public Square Park


Nashville, TN --- Metro Parks has a limited number of prints available from the Anderson Design Group’s, Spirit of Nashville series.  The department commissioned Anderson to produce the series to help bring attention to some of the most popular parks in the city.

This month’s print features Public Square Park.  As prime civic real estate, the historic public land fronting the Davidson County Courthouse had, by the mid-20th Century, become a mere parking lot.  High on a bluff overlooking the Cumberland River, and the gateway to Nashville’s seat of local government, this sea of asphalt and cars had a higher and better use.

In 2003, in conjunction with a complete renovation of the WPA-era courthouse, the city’s Public Square was reborn as a grand, new public park.  Not only is this plaza and greenspace a setting for civic engagement, concerts and special events, it is also a key to quality urban living for residents of an ever-more vibrant downtown.

The park is, in fact, a 2.5 acre vegetated roof that spans a five-story underground parking garage and recycle stormwater runoff to irrigate the lawn.  The details of the park, including the choice of materials, are inspired by the art deco architecture of the 1930s courthouse.  The Founders’ Pavilion, representing Nashville’s historic founders James Robertson and John Donelson, consists of two towers that offer exceptional views of downtown and the Cumberland River.  The city’s history is further interpreted with signage and images throughout the park as well as “Citizen”, a pair of sculptures by Thomas Sayre, that celebrate civic engagement.

The Public Square Park print can be purchased for $24.99 each during the month of October ($10 less than on the Anderson Design website) from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Metro Parks Reservation Center, 2565 Park Plaza, Nashville, TN 37203.  Supplies are limited.

A 2013 Spirit of Nashville Wall Calendar, with all 13 Metro Parks prints, is available for purchase on Anderson Design’s website at