Fort Negley Park

1100 Fort Negley Boulevard – Wedgewood/Houston, built 1930s

Photo: Jodi Totten
Photo: Jodi Totten

Owned and operated by Metro Parks and Recreation, Fort Negley Park contains several components, including the Civil War fortification, Herschel Greer Stadium, and Cumberland Science Museum.  The park was improved in the 1930s with New Deal funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which restored the deteriorated Fort Negley fortification.  The WPA also constructed stone retaining walls, an entrance gate, and recreational ballfields for baseball and softball.  The ballfields were later replaced in the 1970s by the Herschel Greer Stadium, a minor league baseball facility.  Fort Negley was stabilized as ruins and reopened as a historic site museum in 2004.  With the relocation of the city’s minor league baseball team to a new downtown ballpark in 2015, the city is currently considering redevelopment proposals for the Greer Stadium portion of Fort Negley Park.  With redevelopment, HNI encourages the city to avoid adversely impacting the remnants of the WPA recreational ballfields and historic archaeological sites within Fort Negley Park.

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