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Red Caboose Park in Nashville, TN
Red Caboose Park--Bellevue's Neighborhood Park
Red Caboose Park, also known as Bellevue Park, is the cute neighborhood park off of Highway 70 in Bellevue, Tenn., a suburb of Nashville. Bellevue Park is located on Colice Jeanne Road across from Bellevue Middle School and Bellevue Church of Christ, next door to the Community Center.
There is actually a red caboose in the park as well as a historic log cabin. Both the red caboose and the log cabin are symbols of Bellevue's history and a reminder of Bellevue's heritage.
The community park has a fort playground for children and an exercise path for the older folks and their pooches as well as picnic tables and shelters for families to enjoy. The playground was built by community volunteers in 1996 as part of the Bellevue Bicentennial Celebration.
Red Caboose Park has a small stage, and there is music there on Friday nights in the summer as well as story telling. The park offers three covered picnic shelters, including a lighted gazebo, and several picnic tables.
The park also has a "Comfort Station" (restrooms) as well as a water fountain if you get thirsty.
Red Caboose Park is Bellevue's neighborhood park and is part of the Metro Nashville Parks System.
Images: All photos © Kathryn E. Darden
Little Red Caboose
Red Caboose Park is named for the little red L & N Red Caboose parked near the log cabin and the Bellevue Comfort Station. Entry into the caboose is locked but children can climb on the front and back platforms.
The Red Caboose at Night
Abraham Louis DeMoss Cabin
Abraham Louis DeMoss was Bellevue's founder, and his home, Belle Vue, sat on a ridge overlooking Morton Mill Road for over 200 years before the cabin was donated to the Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association. The log cabin now stands at Red Caboose Park.
Three Churches & a Park
Red Caboose Park is nestled in the green hills of Nashville community, Bellevue. The park is situated on Highway 70 S. between three picturesque churches: Bellevue Church of Christ, Bellevue Presbyterian Church, and Bellevue Baptist Church.
Red Caboose Park has historically been used for many church, community and family events and is the site for the annual Bellevue Community Picnic and Music Fest each spring as well as several weekly summer music events.
The Bellevue Community Picnic & Music Fest is an annual tradition at Red Caboose Park.
On Saturday, May 20, 2006, the 29th Annual Bellevue Picnic and Music Festival sponsored by The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will take place at Red Caboose Park off of Highway 70 in Bellevue, Tennessee.
Red Caboose Park Rules
While Red Caboose Park has a playground for the kids, the park has a special exercise path for walkers, joggers and people exercising their dogs or pushing strollers.
Because people of all ages, including senior citizens, walk and jog at Red Caboose Park, it is dangerous for kids of any age to come whizzing past on scooters, skateboards, bikes and other wheeled vehicles where they risk accidents including running into the walkers and joggers the exercise path was built for. A moderate incline makes wheeled toys doubly dangerous.
This is why toys with wheels like bicycles, scooters, skates, skateboards, etc. that children and teens ride are a safety hazard and are a violation of the park rules.
Signs are posted at two places that clearly state the park rules:
The old park signs also listed vehicles and scooters. In fact, anything that blocks the path or whizzes down the hill on wheels is a safety hazard.
Dogs on leashes are welcome and many people enjoy walking their dogs at Red Caboose Park. It is always polite to bring a bag to pick up after your dog.
Easter at Red Caboose Park
Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Red Caboose Park
Red Caboose Park is covered with Easter eggs and children clutching Easter baskets every years for Bellevue's annual Easter Egg hunt.
Bellevue Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, is getting reading for its 13th annual free community-wide Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. The event for toddler through sixth graders will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Red Caboose Park in Nashville's Bellevue area and is open to the community.
Bellevue Baptist Church in Nashville held their 12 annual Easter Egg hunt at the Red Caboose Park in Bellevue today. Hundreds of small tots and tykes of various ages carrying Easter baskets, Easter bags, and Easter buckets filled the park to hunt for Easter eggs.
Bellevue Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, hosted its annual free community-wide egg hunt on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008. The community event for pre-school through sixth grade kids took place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Red Caboose Park in Nashville's Bellevue community.
Twilight at Red Caboose Park
Sunset and twilight are beautiful at Red Caboose Park where a clear view of the setting sun lights up the sky.
The Comfort Station restrooms at Red Caboose Park were built to resemble an old train depot in keeping with the red caboose theme. Even the restrooms add a quaint touch to Red Caboose Park, especially at twilight with fluffy pink clouds behind them!
Tales at Twilight
Tales at Twilight is one of the Friday night events at Red Caboose Park in the summer.
Autumn at Red Caboose Park
Red Caboose Park Photo Gallery - All photos Â© Kathryn E. Darden. All rights reserved.Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Little Red Caboose
Red Caboose Park is a fitting name for a park for kids because of the famous children's book, "The Little Red Caboose." The citizens of Bellevue picked a name that would resonate with children of all ages as well as be representative of what makes the park unique. At Red Caboose Park, the little red caboose the children get to climb on is finally more popular than any big steam engine!
Vandalism & Rule Violations at Red Caboose Park
Keep Red Caboose Park Safe & Fun for Everyone
Red Caboose Park needs your help. Kids as well as adults occasionally violate park rules and take away from the fun of others at Red Caboose Park. The old park rules signs had to be replaced because of repeated vandalism.
If you see vandalism, kids on bikes, or people abusing other park rules, please contact the Park Police. In non-emergency situations the Park Police can be dispatched by calling 615-862-8600. The Park Police can also be reached at their direct number at 615-880-3429. In the event of an emergency please call 911.
If you would like to report a problem or violation to the park police, you can also email Parkwatch@nashville.gov.
Let's keep Red Caboose Park clean, safe and fun for everyone to enjoy--young and old.
- Metro Park Police
The Park Police provide police services to Metro’s Park system. Officers have the same powers of arrest and duties as a Metro Police officer while in the Parks.