Wouldn’t it be nice on a hot summer day like today to take the children to Centennial Park for a nice refreshing swim? There was time in Nashville when that was possible ( for some people).
During the 50’s and early 60’s the city swimming pool at Centennial Park offered a welcome reprieve from the summer heat for many of Nashville’s white citizens. Following the city’s desegregation of public places in 1963, the pool was permanently closed to avoid “problems” as the community struggled to accept integration.
The park’s art center is now located on the site of the once popular pool.