Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer the Nashville Downtown Partnership are offering special programs for folks who work or visit downtown Nashville. Take a break and get outside this summer for Adult Recess at Public Square. Grab a lunch from one of the Street Eats food trucks on Deaderick, bring your lunch to the park and join in the fun. There will be cold treats for sale. Plus, enjoy a game or two of ping pong, foosball, giant lawn games like Jenga, chess, checkers, dominoes, and more. Good times for all at Public Square, at 3rd Avenue North between Deaderick and Union Streets.
“We’re hosting it every Tuesday and Thursday this summer from 11 am to 2 pm,” says Nashville Downtown Partnership communications director Andrea Champion. “We are encouraging people to bring their lunch and hang out in this beautiful place. Eat some lunch and also play some really fun games. We have giant chess, giant Jenga, giant Connect Four, foosball. There was a really intense game happening over there a minute ago with some co-workers, so you can battle it out if you’re competitive at all, come down, bring your co-workers and play a game or just for fun. We’re also selling sweet treats for one dollar, all sorts of frozen treats, and that’s a great price, and we’re also selling bottles of water if you need that. The point is to get the park activated during the day.”
The fun and games are organized by Hunter Cook, an intern for the summer through mid-August, who is a December, ’18 graduating senior at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, majoring in sports management with a minor in business administration. Cook is assisted this summer by Will Turner, the son of Nashville Downtown Partnership President / CEO Tom Turner. Will is a rising senior at Nashville’s Father Ryan High School, also the alma mater of Cook.
Hunter enthusiastically talked about the games he arranged for participants and joined in with visitors. Also among the games were two sets of cornhole, ping pong, giant checkers, and he and Will eagerly played a round of doubles foosball near the end of the day’s session before packing up the 30 chairs and tables and multitudes of games.
A few blocks down Deaderick Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenues, were twenty assorted Food Trucks, serving a wide variety of cuisine. This program, Street Eats, provides up to twenty food trucks that line up along Deaderick Street from 11 am – 2 pm every Tuesday and Thursday, organized by The Nashville Food Truck Association, which consists of a group of food truck owners promoting and defending their common business interests in our community.
It is the perfect way to spend your lunch break downtown! Grab lunch from a favorite truck or try something new.
These member Food Trucks participated on Tuesday, June 19: Banh Mi & Roll, Banjo’s, Bruster’s Ice Cream, City Kitchen, Weezie’s Hot Chicken, Delta Bound, Don Miguel’s Juicery, Frisson Soft Serve, Greedy’s, Hibachi Jr., Il Forno Wood Fired Pizza, King Tut’s, Laovin’ It, ML Rose, Muay Thai Tacos, Music City Brisket, Reds 615 Kitchen, Smokin Buttz, That Awesome Taco Truck, and Yayo’s OMG.
“We’re trying to do activities three to four days a week,” Cook says. “Definitely the Adult recess is gonna be Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 to 2. And just trying to get people out from the day to day stresses of work, you know…. on their lunch breaks, encouraging them to bring their lunches out here. We’ve got 30 tables and chairs set up out here.”
Hunter also supervises the free yoga, tai chi, dance fitness and Zumba. Times and instructors vary. Check the Nashville Downtown Partnership website for details, times and dates. Nashville Downtown Partnership has been in operation since 1998, and Champion has been with them for seventeen years.
“Everything we do is all-inclusive,” Champion says. “Every event we host like this, like all these parks events are free and open to the public… We have a very robust website called nashvilledowntown.com that lists all of the close to 300 restaurants that we have downtown now, all the events, that’s over a thousand events a month that we have posted on our website, and we have a very popular newsletter called Downtown Details that goes out every Wednesday; we encourage people to sign up for that.”
See you at the park for recess!