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Bicentennial Mall State Park
Columns within the park
Type Tennessee State Park
Location Nashville, TN
36°10′15″N 86°47′15″W / 36.1707°N 86.7875°W / 36.1707; -86.7875Coordinates: 36°10′15″N 86°47′15″W / 36.1707°N 86.7875°W / 36.1707; -86.7875
Size 19 acres
Opened 1996
Operated by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Status open year round
View from the capitol building

Bicentennial Mall State Park is an urban state park located in the shadow of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

The 19 acre (77,000 m²) park, designed to complement the Tennessee Capitol Building, gives visitors a taste of Tennessee's history and natural wonder. It opened June 1, 1996 to serve as a lasting monument to Tennessee's Bicentennial celebration.

Park Rangers, well-versed in Tennessee's historical, natural and recreational attractions, are available to conduct organized tours of the park, give programs to large groups or to simply visit with park visitors about the wonders of Tennessee.

The park also includes erupting geyser fountains, each of which represent a river in Tennessee. The fountains are framed by a large wall, next to which a stream runs to represent the Mississippi River. These fountains are frequented in the summer by many children.

The walls that surround the park have, etched into them, a timeline of Tennessee's history.

The park contains a large grass space (the "Mall") that stretches from the outside auditorium situated adjacent to the front plaza on James Robertson Parkway, to a circle of bells that ring on the hour, located at Jefferson Street. Also built was a three-building complex containing the Farmer's Market, an international market, and a building that hosts a weekly flea market, all located off of Rosa L. Parks Boulevard (formerly 8th Avenue).

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