Building Boom By Finch Park

I popped by Finch Park back in May to take some pictures and I was just blown away by all the development going on over there. It’s not really all that new but it is starting to reach a “critical mass” so that it is becoming more obvious even to a casual observer.  I went back by on Friday and grabbed some more shots of the area.

Jered Square, one square block filled with custom homes, is almost built out.  Jered Square is bordered by Benge, Lively, Rice, and Howell. I parked to take this picture and, as luck would have it, ran into a man who said he was Jered Homes. (If someone were to be caught running in the school hall, it would be me… and I would run into the principal.)  I asked him if they had any lots for sale and he said that they had one left over on Lively and he would be investing more in the area as lots became available.

Jered Square Filling Up

Jered Square Filling Up

But Jered isn’t the only one building beautiful homes in the Historic District.  There’s a lot on Standifer with a Bungalow Company sign.  It’s next door to a playground/field with a sign that just drives me crazy.  It says “No Unauthorized Play”.  It has field posts for football but I never see anyone play there.  Is anyone ever authorized? You can sort of see the field in the background of the shot below, a shot of the Bungalow lot.

New Bungalow Company Lot

New Bungalow Company Lot

If you haven’t seen a Bungalow home, they are just adorable. I snapped a picture of this one (below) back in May.  I don’t know if it’s still for sale.  It faces out on Finch Park.  You can’t get more picturesque than that. They’ve also built several on Kentucky Street, around the entrance to the park and north from there.

Bungalow Home for Sale by Finch Park

Bungalow Home for Sale by Finch Park

Finch Park is a beautiful place.  I keep trying to take pictures there but I just can’t capture it. When I was there in May, there were literally more than a hundred kids out playing. They all had on blue shirts, so I think that they might have been with the Boys & Girls Club of America which has an office by the park.

Creek Running Through Finch Park

Creek Running Through Finch Park

You know I love bridges.  This bridge in Finch Park actually has a historical plaque on it, combining the best of all possible worlds (bridges, parks, and history).

Bridge in Finch Park

Bridge in Finch Park

Since I gave Old Settler’s Park a whole post of its own, it’s only fair to throw a spotlight on Finch Park too.  Finch has not only one tennis court …

Tennis Court in Finch Park

Tennis Court in Finch Park

but two.

Another Tennis Court at Finch Park

Another Tennis Court at Finch Park

It also has basketball courts.

Basketball Courts at Finch Park

Basketball Courts at Finch Park

It has a  splash pad that is always full of kids and two elaborate play stations.  Almost too elaborate.  This play station has plywood blocking off short slides that end a bit prematurely. Maybe it’s not finished.

Playground at Finch Park

Playground at Finch Park

Besides play centers, there’s tons of beauty in Finch Park.  The McKinney Garden Club put in a beautiful memorial garden here.

Garden Club Memorial Garden

Garden Club Memorial Garden

I love this classic pavilion.  It would be perfect for a wedding. And, yes, I did play with the color in this photo.  For some reason, it wants to look old.

Pavillion in Finch Park

Pavillion in Finch Park

The old Collin McKinney Cabin used to be in Finch Park.  According to the plaque, it had been moved here from Anna in 1957 but was destroyed by fire in 1980. Now, the little wood that remained has been preserved in this monument that sits with two benches under shade trees near the bridge.

Site of Collin McKinney Cabin

Site of Collin McKinney Cabin

Sometime in April or May, there was a fire in an apartment across the street from Finch Park, next door to the old City Hospital.  Luckily, no one was harmed;  however, many were displaced.  I haven’t heard what is to become of the building now.

Burned Apartment Near Finch Park

Burned Apartment Near Finch Park

The old City Hospital is now a professional office building that looks out over Finch Park.

Old City Hospital

Old City Hospital

Beside the hospital is the historic Nurses Home, a truly gorgeous building.

Nurse's Home

Nurse's Home

There are so many mature trees around it that it is hard to get a good shot of it.  I like the one below even though it doesn’t show much.

Nurse's Home

Nurse's Home

I think it’s being used as a professional building too but it would be so perfect in a movie, don’t you think?

Wouldn't it be perfect for a movie set?

Wouldn't it be perfect for a movie set?

I think that’s enough for now. I hope everyone had a truly wonderful weekend.

Don’t forget to check out the new coffe and cupcake truck outside Diggin’ It on N Tennessee Street.  Look for the hot pink van. She’ll be open for business Mondays through Saturdays.

Until next time,

Happy Shopping!

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