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"Spirit of Nashville" Honors Fannie Mae Dees 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 Fannie Mae Dees Park. Informally referred to as Dragon Park because of the large mosaic serpent sculpture that slithers through the landscape, the park takes its official name from the local civic leader Fannie Mae Dees. After a contentious urban renewal project created the open space where homes had recently stood, the Metro Park Board stepped in and purchased the 7.6-acre property in 1978.

They named the park in honor of Ms. Dees and her dedication to community preservation and the welfare of neighborhood children. True to this spirit, hundreds of Nashvillians participated in the creation of the dragon sculpture in 1981, which was designed by Pedro Silva and remains one of the city’s favorite pieces of public art. The mosaic surface includes a portrait of Ms. Dees near the dragon’s tail.

Located at the corner of 24th Avenue and Blakemore Avenue near the heart of Hillsboro Village, Fannie Mae Dees Park is centrally located to several residential neighborhoods and the Vanderbilt University campus. With the construction of Lily’s Garden, one of the first playgrounds to serve the physically disabled, the park became even more inviting to a wide range of families.

The Fannie Mae Dees Park print can be purchased for $24.99 each during the month of September ($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