We understand how important our facilities, parks, and trails are and we work hard to develop improvement projects to satisfy the needs and wants of our community.
Exit 8 Athletic Complex
The Roadway into the park is currently underway. Park construction is anticipated to start in the Fall of 2023. Roadway construction was significantly delayed in obtaining environmental permitting. In spite of the permitting delays, the contractor has made good progress with rough grading and clearing, which is estimated to be at 90% completion. Bids for the park construction are due on September 24th.
Red River Pedestrian Bridge
The Red River Pedestrian Bridge will connect our greenways between Red River East and APSU Trails (off Kraft Street), and the Pollard Road Trail at the end of Pollard Road. This will result in approximately 11 miles of interconnected greenway trails. This project has cleared NEPA and is nearing design completion. This project is expected to begin construction in August of 2023 with completion by December 2024.
Red River East Marina Dredging
This old marina which is located on the Red River off Kraft Street now adjoins the City’s Red River East Greenway trail. The old marina is silted in. The City has been awarded a grant from the US Army Corps of Engineers. USACE will pay for approximately 90% of the cost to dredge this marina, with the city paying approximately 10%. The plan is to dredge approximately 60% of the existing marina to a depth of 5’. The excavated materials would be deposited elsewhere in the marina basin creating wetlands areas that will enhance wildlife habitat. This marina will be used exclusively for nonmotorized boats. Plans have been approved by USACE. Final project funding from USACE is pending. This project is expected to be completed in Spring 2024 pending final funding from USACE.
L&N Train Station
The area has been utilized by the historical Society, and has had no significant work performed on it since 1995 when it was restored. This building needs a substantial amount of repairs to the embarkment canopy as well as painting. A few other repairs and improvements will also be made if the current funding is adequate. This facility will be used as a small events venue that will be operated by Parks and Recreation. This project is scheduled for bid opening on 11-18-22. Project completion is anticipated 10-1-2023.
Dixon Park will soon be expanded to the now vacant lot adjacent to the existing property. The space will be made into a multi-purpose athletic field in response to the many needs of the Clarksville community sports groups.
Edith Pettus Park Improvements
The need for a regulation-size football field and additional practice areas with lighting in this neighborhood has driven this project. The new field layouts will include a regulation-size football field, a smaller practice field, a basketball court, and new athletic field lighting. Construction is underway on this project and is anticipated being complete with established turf in Spring of 2024.
Existing fields below:
Beech Street Park
Beech Street Park is a new neighborhood park in the New Providence area. The park has an ADA playground, a pavilion, a playing field, and parking. Much of the work for this project was provided by various City Departments including Forestry, Parks & Recreation, Clarksville Street Department, CDE, CGW, and Neighborhood and Community Development.
Coy Lacy Playground
The playground at Coy Lacy Park was replaced with a completely ADA Accessible playground in 2022. This $249,000 structure replaced the original playground constructed in 1994 and was made possible by a grant from the Community Health Foundation through Rotary International. The new playground also features artificial turf surfacing.
Burt-Cobb Gym Dedication
The Department dedicated the gymnasium at Burt Cobb Recreation Center to former Director, Charles Elliott on November 5th, 2022.
Charles (Charlie) Elliott was a native son of Clarksville, educated in Montgomery County, TN, and graduated from Burt High School in 1965. After high school, he attended Talladega College in Talladega, AL on an academic scholarship and became a top basketball star. He graduated from Talladega in 1969. He later returned to coach the Talladega Tornadoes basketball team from 1974-1980.
In 1981, Charlie became the Director of Clarksville’s Burt-Cobb Community Center. In this leadership role, he mentored numerous youth, young adults and adults through disciplined and organized activities. Eventually, Charlie was promoted to Director of Parks and Recreation where he served until his retirement in 2008.
Sherwood Park Playground
The playground at Sherwood Forrest Park was replaced with a completely ADA Accessible Playground in 2022. This $249,000 structure replaced the original playground installed in 1994. The new playground also features artificial turf surfacing.
liberty park event sign
Thanks to CDE Lightband for funding, Liberty Park will soon have an LED sign at the front of the park to announce the events taking place. We anticipate the sign to be complete by December 2023.
The City has been the fortunate recipient of grant funding by the Community Health and Aspire Foundations that will allow us to construct two new sections of Greenway. The first will be from Crossland Avenue to Current Street, across from Valleybrook Park. The second will be at the current terminus of Red River East towards Orgain Ready Mix between the Red River and Kraft Street.
Clarksville Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the Cumberland River Compact, is proud to announce the launch of the Billy Dunlop Streambank Restoration Project. This significant initiative aims to restore and stabilize 470 feet of degraded stream bank at three points along a segment of the West Fork Red River that runs through Billy Dunlop Park.The stream bank at these three locations has experienced rapid erosion, resulting in the release of substantial sediment into the river as it flows through the park. Unfortunately, this excessive sedimentation has caused the segment of the stream to fall below the water quality standards set by state and federal government entities. The Billy Dunlop Streambank Restoration Project will focus on bank stabilization to mitigate sediment loading, ultimately improving water quality and enhancing the aquatic habitat within the West Fork of the Red River.