History of West End Park
West End Park, also at one time called Acklen Park, is located at the northwest intersection of Murphy Rd and West End Ave, and covers most of the area from there to Centennial Park. It was originally developed in the 1890s that was advertised as the “garden spot of this Queen City of the South" and was Nashville’s original gated community.
A unique feature at the time, a porter’s house at the entrance screened visitors, admitting only residents and their expected guests inside the limestone walls surrounding the 140-acre development (a portion of the wall still exists along the 3200-3300 blocks of West End Ave). The site is elevated above West End Ave and was advertised as offering a “delightful climate” in the summer, and “freedom from dust and smoke, which in all large cities is becoming a serious objection."
Joseph Hays Acklen, son of Adelicia Acklen (one of the South's wealthiest women at the time), built the first home in West End Park, a beautiful Victorian home that was the centerpiece of the neighborhood. The home was demolished in 1961,
21st Century Neighborhood
The 21st Century version of West End Park is quite different from the past and offers a plethora of shopping, dining, and transportation access points nearby. Freshly updated Centennial Park consisting of 132 acres of trees, green space, walking trails, dog parks, playgrounds, amphitheaters, live music, arts programs, the Parthenon, and a beautiful Lake Watauga, is one of the crown jewels of the area.
West End Avenue is one of Nashville's major corridors, and with that comes copious amounts of opportunity for future growth. With staples like Vanderbilt University and Centennial Park nearby, coffee shops and restaurants abound. But there are still development opportunities for future growth on sites like the H.G. Hill owned Piggly Wiggly shopping center, a potential future home to another Hill Center similar to the hugely successful Hill Center Green Hills.
Walkability and access are paramount in a lifestyle choice these days. Click the map below to view walkscore.com and have a look at the closest dining and recreation amenities this exciting neighborhood has to offer.